An incised anhua-decorated lotus-seed bowl, lianzi Xuande six-character mark and of the period
Lot 8
A rare incised anhua-decorated 'lotus-seed' bowl, lianziwan Xuande six-character mark and of the period
Sold for £79,250 (US$ 124,878) inc. premium

Lot Details
An incised anhua-decorated lotus-seed bowl, lianzi Xuande six-character mark and of the period An incised anhua-decorated lotus-seed bowl, lianzi Xuande six-character mark and of the period
A rare incised anhua-decorated 'lotus-seed' bowl, lianziwan
Xuande six-character mark and of the period
The almost hemispherical bowl potted with confidence and precision, raised on a short foot and delicately incised on the exterior with elongated petals reaching up the sides of the bowl beneath a band of key-fret at the rim, the interior with a cluster of fruits on a leafy branch in the well, the bowl covered in a pale milky greenish-blue glaze pooling slightly into the incised decoration. 20.4cm (8in) diam.

Footnotes

  • 明宣德 暗花蓮瓣紋蓮子碗 青花「大明宣德年製」楷書款

    Provenance: an English private collection, acquired in the 1970s

    來源:英國私人收藏,購於1970年代

    Porcelain from the Xuande reign, as with the preceding Yongle reign, is noted for the supremely high quality of the body, potted from very pure, white clay brought from Macang. The quality of the material is particularly evident on white monochrome pieces, such as the present lot, enhanced by delicate anhua decoration. The Xuande reign also saw the development of the underglaze-blue Imperial reign mark, which thereafter became the standard method of marking Imperial wares until the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911.

    Several other examples of these incised white 'lotus-seed' bowls are published in museum and private collections. Two incised white lotus-seed bowls in the collection of the British Museum, one from the Sedgwick Collection with a Xuande mark and the other without a mark, are illustrated by J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, nos. 4:2 and 4:3. Another similar bowl but with double petals incised on the exterior, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated in the Catalogue to the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsüan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, 1998, no.153. Another example, Xuande mark and of the period, formerly in the Carl Kempe Collection, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2012, lot 3981.
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