21 septembre 2019

A rare large Longquan celadon barbed charger, Early Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

A rare large Longquan celadon barbed charger, Early Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 1023. A rare large Longquan celadon barbed charger, Early Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 50.2 cm, 19 3/4  in. Estimate 300,000 — 400,000 HKD (38,358 - 51,144 USD). Lot Sold 1,125,000 HKD (143,246 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.

 the robust body with lobed shallow sides rising from a short foot to a flat everted barbed rim of twelve bracket foliations, carved on the flat interior with a dense diapered design surrounded by scrollwork, the cavetto decorated with a band of detached fruiting and flowering sprays, the exterior similarly crisply carved with detached lotus sprays, unctuously applied overall with an attractive olive-green glaze, save for an unglazed ring on the base left in the biscuit and burnt brownish-orange in the firing.

Note: Thickly enveloped in an attractive sea-green glaze, the present charger is impressive for its large size and the finely rendered diaper design surrounded by delicately carved fruit sprays. See a smaller barbed charger (41 cm), carved in the centre with a grid of coins encircled within a continuous floral scroll, preserved in the Ningbo Museum and illustrated in Celadons from the Longquan Kilns, Taipei, 1998, pl. 269. A larger example of this shape (56.5 cm), but decorated with a curling lotus spray, also from the collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee, was sold in these rooms, 3rd October 2018, lot 106.

It is mentioned in the encyclopaedic work by the Ming scholar Gao Lian Zun sheng ba jian [The Eight Discourses on Living] published in 1591 that, for a scented room, large chargers such as those from the Longquan kilns were ideal vessels to hold one to two dozen of fragrant citruses (xiang yuan).

Sotheby'sImportant Chinese Art from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee II, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2019 


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