Lot 29. A Late Ming blue and white polychrome enamelled ink-cake stand, 17th Century; 4¾ in. (12 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 7,000. Price realised GBP 9,560. © Christie's Images Ltd 2003.
0f short cylindrical shape, the top pierced with three circular and a rectangular opening around a central pierced boss, the sides enamelled in turquoise, iron-red, pale green and yellow with lotus medallions and herons perched among lotus flowers, the base with an underglaze blue fugui jiaqi mark within a square, short hairline crack.
Provenance: Sold in these Rooms, 27th November 1967, lot. 31.
Note: A similarly sized ink stick stand with incised floral decoration and on-biscuit enamel decoration in fahua style is in the collection of the Percival David Foundation, London (illustrated by Rosemary Scott and Rose Kerr in Ceramic Evolution in the Middle Ming Period, Percival David Foundation, London, 1994, p. 25, no. 33). A further example decorated in underglaze blue belonging to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is illustrated in The Philadelphia 1949 Exhibition of Ming Blue-and-white with The Oriental Ceramic Society 1954 Exhibition, Collins, London, 1985, p. 107, no. 143.
Christie's. Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, including Export Art, London, 11 November 2003