Lot 1556. A large blue and white dish, Ming dynasty, 15th century; 13 3/8 in. (33.9 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 47,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020.
The dish is decorated in the center with three peonies growing amidst a tall rock formation and with six further peonies growing on leafy vines around the cavetto, cloth box.
Provenance: The Collection of Peter Boone; Sotheby's London, 14 November 1972, lot 371.
J. T. Tai (1910-1992) Collection.
Important Chinese Ceramics sold to benefit the J. T. Tai Collection; Sotheby's Hong Kong, 21 May 1985, lot 14.
The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Collection, San Antonio, Texas.
Note: A blue and white dish of identical size dated to the Tianshun period (1457-1464) is in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, and is published in Gu taoci ziliao xuan cui, vol. 1, Beijing, 2005, p. 147, no. 121. The Palace Museum dish is decorated in a similar style with a design of flowers centering a rock formation, with additional flowers on leafy vines in the cavetto and on the reverse. The fluidity of the painting and softness of the glaze all herald the subsequent Chenghua period.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 25 September 2020