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The Property of a Gentleman 紳士藏品
Lot 3
A large Ming-style blue and white 'nine-chilong' vase, meiping
18th century
2 June 2016, 10:30 HKT
Hong Kong, Admiralty

Sold for HK$400,000 inc. premium

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A large Ming-style blue and white 'nine-chilong' vase, meiping

18th century
Of tapering form, rising from the slightly flared foot to the high rounded shoulders, surmounted by the waisted neck and rounded rim, finely painted in varying shades of blue around the central register with nine chi dragons amidst a meandering leafy lotus blossom scroll, between a continuous lotus scroll around the shoulders and lotus petal panels framing floral garlands above the foot, the neck with a band of upright lappets.
47.1cm (18 1/2in) high


十八世紀 仿明式青花九龍穿花紋梅瓶

Provenance 來源:
A European private collection


The present vase is finely painted in the Ming-style with varying shades of blue imitating the 'heaping and piling' effect of the high iron-content cobalt blue used during the early Ming dynasty. In decoration, the nine chi dragons, a popular theme also represented in other mediums, including jade, cloisonné enamel, glass and rhinoceros horn, may allude to the 'nine sons of the dragon', with the number nine seen as the number of heaven, associated with the emperor.

Compare with a related Ming-style blue and white moonflask, 18th century, which was sold at Christie's London on 10 May 2011, lot 270.



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