A molded 'Shufu' white-glazed 'lotus' dish, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

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Lot 91. A molded 'Shufu' white-glazed 'lotus' dish, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Diameter 5½ in., 14 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USDLot sold: 20,160 USD. © Sotheby's 2021

the shallow sides resting on a short footring, the center molded with four stylized lotus blooms borne on a continuous meandering stem within double-line borders, a similar lotus scroll encircling the cavetto with the characters shu and fu, the exterior plain, all under a bluish-white glaze save for the foot left exposed to reveal the fine body

From the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton.

ProvenanceCollection of Mrs. Yale Kneeland.
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 15th February 2001.

Note: Shufu wares are identified by the presence of the characters shu and fu ('Privy Council') in their designs and were used during the Yuan dynasty for ceremonies at the Shumi Yuan, a ministry of civil and military affairs. While Shufu-type wares lacking the characters were exported during this period, the finest examples contained these characters, designating them for official use. The invention of Shufu ware and its thick white glaze were instrumental in the development of blue and white porcelain. 

Compare two dishes of similar design: one in the Brooklyn Museum, New York (acc. no. 37.135), the other published in John Ayers, The Seligman Collection of Oriental Art, vol. II, London, 1964, pl. LXVIII. 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021