A fine and rare famille rose 'landscape' bowl Iron-red Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
Lot 84
A fine and rare famille rose 'landscape' bowl
Iron-red Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
£80,000 - 120,000
US$ 130,000 - 200,000
withdrawn
Auction Details
A fine and rare famille rose 'landscape' bowl Iron-red Jiaqing seal mark and of the period A fine and rare famille rose 'landscape' bowl Iron-red Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
Lot Details
The Property of a Gentleman 紳士藏品
A fine and rare famille rose 'landscape' bowl
Iron-red Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
The exterior carefully enamelled with a continuous scene of four small figures climbing a long staircase through cloud wisps towards a tiered pagoda set amid pines upon Mount Lu beside the famous waterfall and other smaller mountain retreats, the landscape opening up to reveal distant mountains and river with the inscription Lushan pubu above, the interior enamelled in iron-red with prunus, finger citron and pine in the central medallion and a band of ruyi-head at the rim, box. 14.5cm (5¾in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: purchased at C.T.Loo, New York, on 7 April 1934 for US$1,250

    清嘉慶 粉彩廬山瀑布圖碗 礬紅「大清嘉慶年製」篆書款

    來源: 於1934年4月7日以1,250美元購自紐約C.T.Loo

    Exquisitely-enamelled bowls with landscapes depicting the region around Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province, of which this is one example, were commissioned in sets of ten from the Jiaqing period onwards: see a discussion by Geng Baochang, Ming Qing Ciqi Jianding, Beijing, 1993, p.293.

    A complete set of ten bowls featured in the Meiyintang Collection, illustrated by R.Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Vol.Four (II), London, 2010, nos.1762-71.

    The present lot, depicting a scene of Mount Lu, is a particularly prized bowl from such sets, notable for its dramatic composition and its use of a wide range of enamel colours. Mount Lu, situated in the northern part of Jiangxi in south eastern China, is one of the most renowned mountains in China. The Tang dynasty poet Li Bai (701-762) in awe, wrote a poem in praise of the almost heavenly beauty of Mount Lu:

    望廬山瀑布

    日照香爐生紫煙,
    遙看瀑布掛前川。
    飛流直下三千尺,
    疑是銀河落九天。

    which may be translated as:

    Gazing at a waterfall at Mount Lu

    Under the sunlight, the Incense Peak effuses purple mist,
    Look from afar at the waterfall, like a hanging river,
    Flying down straight, cascading three thousand feet
    I thought this was the Silver River, falling from heaven.


    Since then, the area has been considered important not only for its natural beauty, but for its inspiration to literature and art.

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