24 septembre 2019

A blue and white stand, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1619)

A blue and white stand, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1619)

Lot 119 . A blue and white stand, Mark and period of Wanli (1573-1619); 24.8 cm, 9 3/4  in. Estimate 120,000 — 150,000 HKD (15,343 - 19,179 USD). Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's

of circular section, the openwork cabriole sides modelled with five cusped flanges alternating with five ruyi-shaped heads, all between two rings forming the top and base respectively, the sides decorated in underglaze blue with lingzhi scrolls and pairs of birds perched on fruiting and flowering branches, all above a band rendered with florets against a ground of stylised waves, the rim with beribboned bajixiang emblems flanking a central rectangular cartouche enclosing a six-character reign mark.

Note: A comparable stand in the Huaihaitang collection, also decorated with bajixiang and birds perching on branches, was included in the exhibition Enlightening Elegance. Imperial Porcelain of the Mid to Late Ming, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2013, cat. no. 112. It is suggested that this rare type of stand was related to religious rituals and was probably used to hold altar vases (pp. 354 and 356). 

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


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