A very fine blue and white tankard, Chongzhen period (1628-1644)

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Lot 33. A very fine blue and white tankard, Chongzhen period (1628-1644); 21.5cm (8 1/2in) high. Sold for £8,287.50 (Est: £6,000 - £8,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022

The cylindrical vessel of tapering form, boldly painted around the exterior in vibrant tones of cobalt-blue with a continuous scene of a scholar with a fan by a gnarled taihu rock with two young boy attendants approaching, carrying a goose and a box and cover, all amidst a balustraded garden setting with mountains in the distance, between foliate borders at the foot and mouth, applied with a loop handle decorated with lotus.

ProvenanceBlitz Oriental Ceramics and Works of Art, Amsterdam, 22 June 1993.

NoteThe Dutch sent stoneware tankards to Jingdezhen from Cologne in Germany in 1635 to serve as models for these Dutch market tankards, of which there are extant examples. See a similar blue and white tankard decorated with a scholar, Chongzhen, illustrated in Seventeenth Century Jingdezhen Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collections: Beauty's Enchantment, Shanghai, 2005, pp.322-323, no.121. See also a related blue and white tankard, 1635-1645, but decorated with a foreigner, illustrated by J.Ayer, Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, vol.1, London, 2016, p.124, no.238.

Compare with a related silver-mounted blue and white tankard, Chongzhen, which was sold at Christie's New York, An Era of Inspiration: 17th Century Chinese Porcelains from the Collection of Julia and John Curtis, 16 March 2015, lot 3511.

Bonhams. THE MARSH COLLECTION ART FOR THE LITERATI, 3 November 2022, London, New Bond Street