Lot 3165. A blue and white Ming-style bottle vase, Daoguang seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850); 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm.) high. Estimate $12,000 – $18,000 . Price realised $93,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015
The vase is decorated in fifteenth-century style with a broad band of composite foliate scroll above a petal-lappet band on the globular body, and bands of pendent ruyi heads and further foliate scroll on the shoulder, all separated by plain rib borders below a band of upright leaves rising from a key-fret border towards a further ruyi band and wave border on the neck.
Provenance: Reverend Isaac Taylor Headland Collection (1859-1942), and thence by descent within in the family.
Reverend Isaac Taylor Headland (1859-1942) was an American missionary and accomplished scholar who went to Beijing in 1880 and served as a professor at Peking University. While he was hired as professor of science, he taught a wide range of subjects, all in Chinese. Reverend Headland was also instrumental in obtaining books on foreign topics, especially technology, for Emperor Guangxu. His wife, Dr. Miriam Sinclair Headland (1859-1953) served as head of the Presbyterian Women's Hospital and then professor of hygiene at Peking University. She served as physician to the mother and sister of Dowager Empress Cixi and interacted frequently with many members of the royal family, both professionally and socially. His language ability and experiences gained from living for seventeen years in the capital of China during a turbulent period resulted in numerous publications on a wide variety of topics. Reverend Headland's interest in Chinese culture led him to assemble a large collection of Chinese paintings and works of art. Regarding his paintings, in addition to works from the Empress Dowager herself, Reverend Headland collected classical works from earlier times and paintings made by contemporary artists living in the capital. Chinese Paintings from the Headland Collection will be offered on Tuesday, 17 March 2015, lots 3741-3760.
Note: A very similar vase was sold at Christie's New York, 19-20 September 2013, lot 1388.
Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 15 - 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza