A fine blue and white ‘rose’ bird feeder, Xuande six-character mark in underglaze blue in a line and of the period (1426-1435)

2020_HGK_18242_2825_001(a_fine_blue_and_white_rose_bird_feeder_xuande_six-character_mark_in_un)

2020_HGK_18242_2825_002(a_fine_blue_and_white_rose_bird_feeder_xuande_six-character_mark_in_un)

Lot 2825. A fine blue and white ‘rose’ bird feeder, Xuande six-character mark in underglaze blue in a line and of the period (1426-1435); 8 13/16 in. (22.1 cm.) high overall. Estimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 800,000Price realised HKD 562,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

The vessel is delicately potted with a flat base rising to a compressed globular body below a tapering mouth rim, applied to one shoulder with a small loop handle, painted on the exterior with cobalt of inky-blue tones with a band of scrolling rose below the horizontal reign mark. The base is unglazed revealing the fine, white body, Japanese wood box.

Provenance: A Japanese private collection, Nagoya.

Note: Compare to a few Xuande-marked bird feeders of identical design, including one in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsuan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 1998, no. 5 (fig. 1); one excavated at the imperial kiln site in Zhushan, Jingdezhen, illustrated in Xuande Imperial Porcelain excavated at Jingdezhen, Taipei, 1998, no. 55-9; and one sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 9 October 2019, lot 164.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 9 July 2020