A 'Shonsui' blue and white double-gourd vase or Mizuzashi China or Japan, first half of the 19th century
Lot 460
A 'Shonsui' blue and white double-gourd vase or Mizuzashi
China or Japan, first half of the 19th century
£1,500 - 2,000
US$ 2,600 - 3,400
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A 'Shonsui' blue and white double-gourd vase or Mizuzashi China or Japan, first half of the 19th century
Lot Details
A 'Shonsui' blue and white double-gourd vase or Mizuzashi
China or Japan, first half of the 19th century
Decorated with linear and swastika designs beneath a design of birds and flowers, the oviform rim decorated with an extensive inscription relating to Red Cliff, scene of the famous conflict from The Romance of 'The Three Kingdoms'. The base with Hyatt King Collection label.
20cm (8in) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: David Hyatt King Collection since circa 1970.
    Similar examples from The Franks Collection, reached the British Museum by 1897.

    Whilst the centre of manufacture for these vases remains uncertain, academic suggestions for both China and Japan have been suggested. For Japan, see LRH Smith 'Early 19th Japanese Porcelain', Oriental Ceramic Society Transactions No.39/plate 64 for a Bunka (1804-1818) dated example. And for China, see Irene Finch's 'Lost Century' Exhibition catalogue, Cambridge and Edinburgh 1998/No. 155. The 'Lost Century' example, also with David Hyatt King provenance since circa the 1970's.

    The inscription concerning the site of Red Cliff, scene of the critical naval engagement in 'The Romance of The Three Kingdoms' often refers to, or quotes, the Song poet Su shi (1037-1101). Su shi uses the events of this famous battle as a metaphor for both the happiness and misfortunes of his own life.
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