A rare sweet-white 'tianbai' glazed vase, yuhuchunping Yongle

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A rare sweet-white 'tianbai' glazed vase, yuhuchunping
Yongle

Sold for HK$ 3,880,000 (US$ 496,822) inc. premium
A rare sweet-white 'tianbai' glazed vase, yuhuchunping
Yongle
Of pear shape form with a waisted neck rising to a flaring rim, the full body raised on a tall, flared foot, covered in an even lustrous ivory-white glaze leaving the rounded foot unglazed showing fine biscuit.
30.6cm (12 1/16in) high

Footnotes

  • 明永樂 甜白釉玉壺春瓶

    Provenance 來源:
    A private American collection, by repute

    傳美國私人收藏

    Sweet-white, also known as tianbai glazed yuhuchunping vases, of plain design without incised anhua decoration are very rare. Improvements in firing practices involving experimenting with versatile glaze stone and ash mixtures meant that monochrome glazes produced during the early 15th century had fewer impurities, resulting in purer glazes. This laid the foundation for the later periods in which flawless glaze and firing methods were perfected to produce high quality imperial ceramics.

    Compare a very similar sweet-white glazed vase, Yongle, from the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Imperial Porcelains from the Reigns of Hongwu and Yongle in the Ming Dynasty: A Comparison of Porcelains from the Imperial Kiln Site at Jingdezhen and the Imperial Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2015, pp.219-219, no.102; see another white-glazed yuhuchunping, excavated from Tomb 5 of the Marquess of Xining (d.1407), illustrated by J.M.Addis, Chinese ceramics from datable tombs and some other dated material, New York, 1978, pp.94-95.

    For related vases with incised anhua decoration, see R.Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Vol.IV(I), London, 2010, p.67, no.1631, later sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 7 April 2011, lot 49; and another sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November 2013, lot 3211. See also a related plain white-glazed 'monk's cap' ewer, Yongle, incised with Shah Jahan mark, sold at Sotheby's London, 7 November 2012, lot 318.

    瓶侈口,長頸,溜肩,垂腹,圈足外撇。通體施甜白釉。造型秀麗,釉面恬靜,簡約但不失典雅。

    永樂時期甜白釉瓷釉質潔白、溫潤肥厚,比之後宣德時期的更加光淨,釉面平整晶瑩,並分光素與刻、印紋兩種裝飾手法。

    明代白釉玉壺春瓶不帶刻暗花者較為少見,唯見北京故宮博物院清宮舊藏一例明永樂甜白釉玉壺春瓶,其形制與釉質與本拍品相類,見《明代洪武永樂御窯瓷器:景德鎮御窯遺址出土與故宮博物院傳世瓷器對比》,北京,2015年,頁219-219,號102。江蘇省溧水縣明代宋瑛五號墓曾出土一件永樂時期的白釉光素玉壺春瓶,著錄於J.M.Addis,《Chinese ceramics from datable tombs and some other dated material》,紐約,1978年,頁94-95。

    另有暗花裝飾者,見玫茵堂舊藏一例明永樂甜白釉暗花玉壺春瓶,著錄於康蕊君,《玫茵堂中國陶瓷》,卷四,一,倫敦,2010年,頁67,圖1631,後由香港蘇富比售出,2011年4月7日,編號49;另見香港佳士得曾售出一例,2013年11月27日,編號3211;另見倫敦蘇富比曾售出一件明永樂甜白釉僧帽壺,表面亦為光素,2012年11月7日,編號318。
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