An unusual blue and white meiping, Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 2111. An unusual blue and white meiping, Ming dynasty, 15th century; 12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) highEstimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price Realized USD 43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014. 

The heavily potted body is decorated in deep, rich, underglaze blue with a wide band of three lotus plants, grasses and sagitarria between double-line borders and a band of upright leaf tips below and a band of camelia scroll on the rounded shoulder above. Three small foliate sprays are on the short, tapering neck, Japanese wood box.

NoteVery similar camelia and leaf tip borders can be seen on a blue and white meiping with 'windswept'-style figural decoration in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Underglaze Blue & Red, Shanghai Museum, 1987, p. 86, no. 74, where it is dated mid-15th century.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014