A blue and white 'aquatic' incense burner Ming dynasty
Lot 395
A blue and white 'aquatic' incense burner Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,354) inc. premium
Lot Details
Property from an important private collection (lots 381-403)
A blue and white 'aquatic' incense burner
Ming dynasty
Raised on three feet with a cylindrical body with bulbous sides, decorated with a continuous aquatic scene on the exterior, featuring lotus leaves and blossoms.
8.7cm high.

Footnotes

  • 明 青花蓮紋飾三足小爐

    Provenance 來源:
    Christie's London, 23 December 1995, lot 708

    The aquatic scene featured on the current lot is very similar to the interior of a blue and white stem bowl with lotus flowers and mandarin ducks, exhibited in the Shanghai Museum and originally from the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, see Spendours in Smalt. Art of Yuan Blue and White Porcelain, Shanghai, 2012, pp.100-101, no.20.

    斂口,器呈圓形狀,器壁向外拱出,爐心中央有接壤陶土製作痕跡一道,平底、三足,爐圓案以三把蓮花形成整器之構圖,蓮花畫工極其自然飄逸,散發出一股幽香可及之情境,此爐在圖案中的三把蓮花每個單位中的蓮花畫姿不盡相同,但總不禁能令人心懭神怡之感受,用青花繪圖在白釉上,再以蓮花作紋飾,令人對此爐產生視覺上強烈對比以及達到脫俗雍容效果,「蓮花」中國古代文人常以它為題材作詩或繪畫詠頌蓮花聖潔及高雅,蓮花紋飾常被使用在佛教有關文物上,以「蓮花出淤泥而不染」來形容「如來已不為世間八法之所染污」,開啟弘揚佛法,淨化人心之目地,拍品蓮花紋青花瓷小三足爐,器小巧,卻可作點香、聞香文房妙品,如此小巧青花瓷爐極般少見,因瓷器與銅爐相較下,瓷器保存極屬不易,故瓷器作的香爐存世量可說少之又少,因此造成要在市場上尋一上等好瓷爐就難上加難,台北故宮典藏品中有一件與本拍品造形極為相似瓷爐。另2012年由上海博物館所展《元代青花瓷器特集》頁100-101項20青花蓮紋碗,在其碗心也出現與本拍品幾近完全相同蓮花紋飾可供比對。
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