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DESC-A finely painted and very rare lobed blue and white Bowl Ming
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DESC-A finely painted and very rare lobed blue and white Bowl Ming Dynasty, mid-15th century the fifteen-lobed, rounded sides rising gradually from a low wedge-cut footring to a scalloped mouth, painted in powerful tones of cobalt-blue on the exterior with two garden scenes divided by thick, billowing clouds, one with a two-tiered pavilion opening onto a fenced garden with twin plantain trees rising amid rocks and shrubs, an attendant bearing a scroll painting approaching a bearded scholar, with rolling clouds in the far distance, the other with the same figure now standing on a terraced garden overlooking a river, with an ancient pine tree and part of a balustrade opposite, between a key-fret border and a band of breaking waves, the slightly sunken interior with a scene of the scholar seated on a grassy shore contemplating a waterfall within a double-circle, the sides with a continuous frieze of lush trees interspersed with shrubs, comprising bamboo, pine, plantain and another tree below the rim with a diaper band, the countersunk base glazed white 30 cm., 11 7/8 in., condition report available Provenance: The Ataka Collection, Japan Exhibited: Ch_ugoku t_oji meihin ten: Ataka korekushion, Osaka, 1972, cat.no.64. Illustrated: Koyama Fujio (ed.), T_oki zenshu, vol.11: Gen Minsho no sometsuke, Tokyo, 1960, pl.63. Fujioka Ri_oichi (ed.), T_oji taikei, vol.42: Min no sometsuke, Tokyo, 1975, pls.61 and 62. This bowl is remarkable for its finely drawn decoration, unusual lobed shape and large size. The lively figure painting in the balustraded garden setting closely follows the painting style of the exquisite figure-decorated bowls of Xuande mark and period, which suggests a date early in the interregnum period for the present piece. Compare several Xuande bowls included in the Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsuan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1998, nos.144-152. Another lobed bowl of similar size, also painted with figure scenes, but with a key-fret border at the rim, and with plain inner sides, from the Okura Cultural Foundation, Tokyo, is published in Ceramic Art of the World, vol.14, Tokyo, 1976, col.pls.41 and 42. An even larger bowl of lobed form, painted with various animals in a landscape setting with similar cascading clouds, and with a similar diaper border at the rim inside, is illustrated in Adrian M. Joseph, Ming Porcelains: Their Origins and Development, London, 1971, pl.34. Compare also three smaller bowls of this form, decorated in a simpler painting style: one with landscape scenes round the sides but apparently without figures, and similar wave and diaper borders at the rim but a star-shaped motif in the centre, also formerly in the Ataka Collection and now in the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, illustrated in Ch_ugoku no t_oji, vol.8, Tokyo, 1995, col.pl.81; another with a landscape scene and a key-fret border outside and plain inner sides, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red, Shanghai, 2000, vol.1, pl.182, where it is attributed to the Zhengtong period; and a third decorated with the ba jixiang and a wave border outside and with plain inner sides, published in Ceramic Art of the World, vol.14, Tokyo, 1976, pls.43 and 44.\nQuantity: 1
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DESC-A finely painted and very rare lobed blue and white Bowl Ming Dynasty, mid-15th century the fifteen-lobed, rounded sides rising gradually from a low wedge-cut footring to a scalloped mouth, painted in powerful tones of cobalt-blue on the exterior with two garden scenes divided by thick, billowing clouds, one with a two-tiered pavilion opening onto a fenced garden with twin plantain trees rising amid rocks and shrubs, an attendant bearing a scroll painting approaching a bearded scholar, with rolling clouds in the far distance, the other with the same figure now standing on a terraced garden overlooking a river, with an ancient pine tree and part of a balustrade opposite, between a key-fret border and a band of breaking waves, the slightly sunken interior with a scene of the scholar seated on a grassy shore contemplating a waterfall within a double-circle, the sides with a continuous frieze of lush trees interspersed with shrubs, comprising bamboo, pine, plantain and another tree below the rim with a diaper band, the countersunk base glazed white 30 cm., 11 7/8 in., condition report available Provenance: The Ataka Collection, Japan Exhibited: Ch_ugoku t_oji meihin ten: Ataka korekushion, Osaka, 1972, cat.no.64. Illustrated: Koyama Fujio (ed.), T_oki zenshu, vol.11: Gen Minsho no sometsuke, Tokyo, 1960, pl.63. Fujioka Ri_oichi (ed.), T_oji taikei, vol.42: Min no sometsuke, Tokyo, 1975, pls.61 and 62. This bowl is remarkable for its finely drawn decoration, unusual lobed shape and large size. The lively figure painting in the balustraded garden setting closely follows the painting style of the exquisite figure-decorated bowls of Xuande mark and period, which suggests a date early in the interregnum period for the present piece. Compare several Xuande bowls included in the Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsuan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1998, nos.144-152. Another lobed bowl of similar size, also painted with figure scenes, but with a key-fret border at the rim, and with plain inner sides, from the Okura Cultural Foundation, Tokyo, is published in Ceramic Art of the World, vol.14, Tokyo, 1976, col.pls.41 and 42. An even larger bowl of lobed form, painted with various animals in a landscape setting with similar cascading clouds, and with a similar diaper border at the rim inside, is illustrated in Adrian M. Joseph, Ming Porcelains: Their Origins and Development, London, 1971, pl.34. Compare also three smaller bowls of this form, decorated in a simpler painting style: one with landscape scenes round the sides but apparently without figures, and similar wave and diaper borders at the rim but a star-shaped motif in the centre, also formerly in the Ataka Collection and now in the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, illustrated in Ch_ugoku no t_oji, vol.8, Tokyo, 1995, col.pl.81; another with a landscape scene and a key-fret border outside and plain inner sides, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red, Shanghai, 2000, vol.1, pl.182, where it is attributed to the Zhengtong period; and a third decorated with the ba jixiang and a wave border outside and with plain inner sides, published in Ceramic Art of the World, vol.14, Tokyo, 1976, pls.43 and 44.


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