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31 janvier 2020

A fine and rare moulded melon-form Qingbai ewer, Song dynasty (960-1279)

A fine and rare moulded melon-form Qingbai ewer, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 3233. A fine and rare moulded melon-form Qingbai ewer, Song dynasty (960-1279). 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.) highEstimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 700,000. Price realised HKD 875,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014. 

The ewer is potted in the shape of a melon. The upper section is moulded with a sinuous, bi-furcated, Chi dragon. The dragon's arched body forming the handle over the circular mouth of the vessel. Its head is modelled upturned with the mouth agape forming the aperture of the spout. Covered in a glaze of bluish-celadon tone with exception of the flat base, Japanese wood box.

NoteCompare with a similarly shaped ewer, dating to the Song dynasty, currently on exhibition at the Ceramics Gallery in the Palace Museum, and illustrated in Longde Yishu, Hong Kong, 1988, no. 60. The form continued into the Yuan dynasty. Compare with two similar examples, the first is in the Chongqing City Museum, Sichuan province, illustrated in Zhongguo Taoci Quanji, Qingbai of the Song and Yuan Dynasties, vol. 16, Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 1984, no. 134; and the second ewer is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Ye Peilan, Yuandai Ciqi, Beijing, 1998, p. 237, no. 394.

Christie’s. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 26 November 2014