A blue and white ‘Peony’ dish, Ming dynasty, Yongle period. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby’s
heavily potted, with rounded sides rising from a tapering foot to a wide everted rim with a rolled lip, the interior boldly painted with a leafy spray bearing two large peony blooms, encircled by an undulating peony scroll, the rim bordered by a foliate scroll, similarly decorated to the exterior with a lotus scroll, the base unglazed revealing the buff-coloured body, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 2 37.3cm., 14 ¾in.
PROVENANCE: Collection of Christer Löftgren, Sweden.
Notes: Skilfully painted with gently curling peony flowers in a free-flowing manner with brilliant and deep tones of cobalt, this dish displays the characteristic ‘heaping and piling’ effect, a much copied trademark of imperial blue and white porcelain from the early Ming dynasty. Large underglaze blue-decorated wares were an innovation of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), and their production appears to have continued until the early part of the Yongle reign, since sherds of such large blue and white vessels have been discovered, for example, in stratum three of the Zhongghua Road excavation, immediately above the Hongwu (1368-98) stratum.
A closely related dish from the Ardabil Shrine and now in the National Museum of Iran, Tehran, is illustrated in John Alexander Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Washington D.C., 1956, pl. 32, no. 29.68; one from the Gustaf VI Adolf collection and now in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, is published in Oriental Ceramics. The World’s Great Collections, vol. 8, Tokyo, 1982, pl. 214; another, included in the Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Ceramics from the Collection of the Kau Chi Society of Chinese Art, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1981, cat. no. 64, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28th November 1978, lot 63, and again, 30th October 2000, lot 105; and a further dish was sold in our London rooms, 13th December 1960, lot 67.
Large dishes painted on the interior with two peonies were equally popular in China as abroad; dishes of this design but painted on the everted rim with various floral motifs are preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (I), Hong Kong, 2008, pl. 55.
Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Londres | 05 nov. 2014, 10:00 AM