A rare squirrel-form underglaze blue and iron-red porcelain kendi Ming dynasty, Wanli period

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Lot 113
A rare squirrel-form underglaze blue and iron-red porcelain kendi
Ming dynasty, Wanli period

US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£ 2,900 - 4,400

Asian Works of Art

30 Oct 2017, 10:00 EDT

New York

A rare squirrel-form underglaze blue and iron-red porcelain kendi
Ming dynasty, Wanli period
The body of compressed-lobed form, surmounted by a figure of a crouching squirrel supporting the tall, columnar neck, the head of the animal forming the spout, the body painted with bunches of grapes, the neck with floral and geometric patterns.
7 1/2in (19cm) high

Footnotes

  • 明萬曆 青花礬紅松鼠葡萄紋軍持

    The shape of this kendi is highly unusual. A closely related piece is in the collection of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, inventory number PO 2327. A similar example is in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, inventory number AE85342, and a further example was sold at Sotheby's, London, 20 June 2001, lot 266. A similarly iron-red enameled kendi with underglaze blue decoration, in this case of frog-form, was sold at Sotheby's, New York, 19 September 2015, lot 989.
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