07 mars 2020

A rare yellow and green-glazed zhadou, Zhengde four-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle

A rare yellow and green-glazed zhadou, Zhengde four-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle, and possibly of the period

Lot 1368. A rare yellow and green-glazed zhadou, Zhengde four-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle, and possibly of the period; 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) highEstimate 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 170,500© Christie's Image Ltd 2010

With compressed globular body and broad trumpet-shaped neck, incised all over with five-clawed dragons striding amidst clouds in pursuit of flaming pearls, all above a border of lotus lappets rising from the flared foot, and all glazed green in contrast to the mustard yellow-ground, box.

Provenance: Mrs. E. Vane Collection; Sotheby's, London, 16 May 1967, lot 100.

NoteThis zhadou is similar to other Zhengde mark and period examples, a number of which have been published: in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 14, Ming Dynasty, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 172; by Liu Liang-yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics - 4 - Ming Official Wares, Taiwan, 1991, p. 178; by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. I, Geneva, 1999, p. 123, no. 70 (A150); by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 208, no. 8:32; and one in the Percival David Foundation, by M. Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Polychrome Wares, London, 1978, pl. IV, no. 33.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 16 - 17 September 2010


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