25.000 - 30.000
12 December 2018
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Shape of islamic influence
Pear-shaped body, curved spout with s-shaped union to the body, rounded handle
Cobalt-blue underglaze decoration with floral motifs, butterflies, lingzhi mushrooms (Chinese immortality mushrooms) and dragons (chilong)
Sides with inverted heart-shaped medallion in relief, decorated with chrysanthemums surrounded by floral motifs with the sun at the top and flying butterfly; allusion to the seasons
Base marked with symbols 富貴佳器 which literally translate to "Beautiful object for someone rich and noble"
An auspicious seal used mainly during the Jiajing and Wanli periods
Ming Dynasty, Jiajing Period (1522-1566)
Althought not exactly with the same shape, with the inverted heart-shaped medallions, is to mention an ewer (30cm height) of the same Jiajing Period (…) kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum, inv. C.105-1928, and other very similar to that one kept at the British Museum in London, inv. Franks.150. (...)
Ewers of this particular shape (with inverted heart-shaped medallions in relief) and of the Jiajing Period are rare, we could refer to: one (30 cm height without cover) cobalt blue decorated bearing Xuande apocryphal mark, now without cover, handle and spout (now replaced by brass mounts) kept at the British Museum, inv. Franks.748; another (26,2cm height without cover) with the same reliefed medallions in biscuit and with pierced and carved decoration, traces of gilding and polychromy, also kept at the British Museum, inv. C. 1928,0718.1; and a third one (21,9 cm height without cover) with stylized phoenixes and Lotus flowers depicted at the reliefed medallions, kept at the V&A, inv. C.109-1928.
Precisely identical in shape and daioist iconography so much in the taste of the Jiajing emperor is a 23,2 cm height ewer decorated in cobalt-blue of the Jiajing/ Wanli period that was sold at Christie's New York, September 2014, lot 822, for 100.000 USD
Hugo Miguel Crespo, Centro de História da Universidade de Lisboa