12 août 2014

A black and pale greyish-green jade figure of a turtle, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

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A black and pale greyish-green jade figure of a turtle, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 

Cleverly carved utilizing the black markings as the carapace and head, the bent legs and abdomen on the underside carved from the pale greyish-green stone; together with; a black-streaked russet and black jade archaistic sword pommel, with slightly domed central area carved with three comma-shaped spirals accented by feathery markings;2½ in. (6.3 cm.) long; 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) diam., two boxes (2). Estimate $4,000 - $6,000Price Realized $7,500

ProvenanceBoth acquired in Hong Kong in the 1950s.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

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A large Longquan celadon carved dish, Ming dynasty, 15th century

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A large Longquan celadon carved dish, Ming dynasty, 15th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Heavily potted with shallow rounded sides, the center carved with a central peony spray below two lotus sprays and two peony sprays in the well, covered overall with a glaze of olive-green tone except for an unglazed ring on the base burnt orange in the firing; 18 7/8 in. (47.9 cm.) diam., box, wood stand. Estimate $7,000 - $9,000Price Realized $10,000

Notes: Several examples of this type are known, including two illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall in Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, no. 16:74, one larger dish carved on the interior with an elaborate leafy peony scroll, and no. 16:73, another of slightly smaller size, also carved in similar fashion with a floral scroll in the well. 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A well-carved greenish-white and pale brown jade rhyton, Song-Ming dynasty, 12th-16th century

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A well-carved greenish-white and pale brown jade rhyton, Song-Ming dynasty, 12th-16th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008

The well-hollowed vessel finely carved around the exterior with bands of archaistic designs, the handle carved in relief as a sinuous chilong with long curling tail, the base inscribed with a four-character seal reading Yong chang er lu(Eternal prosperity and emolument); 4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm.) high. Estimate $10,000 - $15,000Price Realized $12,500 

Property from a Private American Collection

ExhibitedVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1977-1987.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

An unusual parcel-gilt bronze duck-form censer and cover, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

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An unusual parcel-gilt bronze duck-form censer and cover, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Well cast as a duck standing atop an integral pierced rockwork base, with head raised and beak open, the wings which form the cover cast with upturned feather tips, with a small cash symbol pierced below the tail feathers for the release of smoke, the gilding ending in a shaped line on the lower body and tops of the legs; 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) high, box. Estimate $12,000 - $18,000Price Realized $12,500 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer barbed dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century

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A mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer barbed dish, Ming dynasty, 16th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008

The interior decorated with four elegant ladies standing beneath a willow tree in a lush gated garden with bamboo and rockwork below dense composite floral scroll in the petal-lobed well, the exterior with nine leafy S-shaped scrolls; 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diam., wood box. Estimate $15,000 - $20,000Price Realized $18,750 

NotesCompare the mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer octagonal dish of petal-lobed outline decorated with a related scene of ladies in a garden, as well as with a similar floral scroll border, and dated to the second half of the 16th century, illustrated by Watt and Ford, East Asian Lacquer: The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, pp. 135-6, no. 60. The dating of the Irving dish is based on its similarity to other dishes of this type, all of which have "pictorial designs that correspond to woodblock prints of the Wanli" period. The authors also discuss the openwork cutting of the shell inlay and how it appears to be typical of the period. 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.



An unusual large parcel-gilt bronze censer, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

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An unusual large parcel-gilt bronze censer, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Cast as Liu Hai seated atop a massive three-legged toad with flames emerging from its mouth and extending the length of its body amidst raised lumps on its skin, the immortal dressed in robes tied at the waist and left open exposing his chest, with a large double gourd slung over his shoulders and an animated expression on his face as he raises both hands, a large cash held in the right, his left raised, the toad signed Deng Xing zao underneath the rear leg; 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) long, box. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000Price Realized $22,500.

NotesLiu Hai is the immortal associated with commercial success. He is nearly always portrayed with his three-legged toad and cash, and conveys a wish for prosperity. The three-legged toad itself has origins in the magical realm, representing the unattainable. It was only in later Chinese art that it was associated with Liu Hai.

There are many versions of the story of Liu Hai and his toad companion, but the essential elements remain that as a reward for his friendship, the toad revealed the secret to eternal life. Holding the toad also allowed Liu Hai to travel anywhere in the world instantaneously.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A very rare Blanc-de-chine flute, xiao, 17th century

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A very rare Blanc-de-chine flute, xiao, 17th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Made in the form of a slender hollow bamboo stalk pierced with five fingering holes on one side, one on the reverse and two opposite each other on the two other sides, the mouth piece formed by a short V cut, the flat sound end pierced with a cash symbol and applied on top of the rim with evenly spaced bosses, all under a glaze of milk-white tone; 22 in. (56 cm.) long, Japanese wood box and brocade pouch. Estimate $6,000 - $8,000Price Realized $23,750.

Provenance: Meigasai (Myogasai) Collection.
Chikken Collection, Osaka Bijutsu Club, 9 June 1935, lot 733.

Notes: Three different types of flute - the di, chi and the xiao, - were traditionally played in China. The current porcelain instrument is a rare xiao or vertical flute, molded in imitation of bamboo, at the Dehua kiln, Fujian province. P.J. Donnelly in Blanc de Chine - The Porcelain of Tehua in Fukien, London, 1969, p. 127, discussed the considerable difficulties of producing a flute with good tone out of porcelain, which shrinks considerably when fired.
The dating of these Dehua flutes to the late Ming seems to have been confirmed by Donnelly. In discussing two vertical porcelain flutes from the collection of the late Professor Chen Te-k'un, Donnelly notes, op. cit., p. 126, pl. 68A, that those of late Ming date had their fundamental in d, while those of Qing date had their fundamental in f.
Dehua vertical flute made to resemble bamboo, like the current example, in the Koger Collection is illustrated by J. Ayers, in the exhibition catalogue, Blanc de Chine - Divine Images in Porcelain, China Institute Gallery, New York, 2002, p. 72, no. 23. An example of a xiao flute in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo wenwu jinghua daquan - taoci juan, Taipei, 1993, p. 408, no. 818, is 57 cm. long. 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

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A rare reverse-decorated blue and white dish , Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522-1566)

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A rare reverse-decorated blue and white dish , Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522-1566)Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008

With shallow sides rising to a slightly everted, rounded rim, painted in the interior with a roundel containing four cranes amidst scrolling clouds confronted around a stylized shou character, the exterior painted in similar fashion with a continuous frieze of cranes amidst clouds; 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000. Price Realized $23,750

Notes: Two smaller Jiajing mark and period dishes decorated in very similar fashion are illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall inMing Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 241, nos. 9:54 and 9:55. A related, though larger, Jiajing-marked example with interior painted with cranes in flight above a rock and beneath a shou character, is illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1996, p. 224, no. 421.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A rare mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century

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A rare mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer dish, Ming dynasty, 16th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008

The dish of quatrefoil form elaborately inlaid in the recessed center panel with mother-of-pearl with a luohan seated beneath a pine tree upon a large rock and dressed in open robes tied at the waist, his right hand raised holding a ring which he uses to beckon a tiger gazing back at him from across a narrow stream, framed by four shaped cartouches containing lotus scroll reserved on a diaper ground, the whole raised on a short foot of conforming shape inlaid with diaper pattern; 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm.) square, Japanese wood box Estimate $12,000 - $18,000Price Realized $25,000 

Provenance: Japanese private collection. 

Notes: The style of the inlay on this tray is similar to that seen on a square tray decorated with a different pictorial scene illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Mother-of-Pearl Inlay in Chinese Lacquer Art, 19 June - 29 July 1979, Tokyo National Museum, no. 35, as well as on nos. 37 and 38, which are of petal-lobed outline. All are dated 15th-16th century. As with the present dish, the scenes may be taken from woodblock prints of the Wanli period (1573-1619). 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

A rare cloisonné enamel square dish, first half 16th century

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A rare cloisonné enamel square dish, first half 16th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008 

Of square form with indented corners, depicting a pair of mandarin ducks beside a lotus plant, below a band of flower scroll on the everted rim; 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) square. Estimate $12,000 - $15,000Price Realized $32,500

Notes: A circular dish decorated with very similar ducks and a similar band on the everted rim, also dated to the first half of the 16th century is illustrated by H. Brinker and A. Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, The Asia Society Galleries, New York, 1989, no. 48. Another in the Musée des Arts Decoratifs is illustrated by Sir Harry Garner,Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, London, 1962, pl. 37. See, also, another circular dish of this design from the collection of Juan Jose Amezaga, sold in our Paris rooms, 13 June 2007, lot 6. 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.



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