A Blue and White Ming-Style Dish, Qing Dynasty Qianlong to Daoguang Period, 18TH/19TH Century
清18/19世紀 乾隆/道光 青花纏枝蓮紋盤
Potted heavily with fifteenth century style rich cobalt blue ‘heaped and piled’ technique of tangled lotus vines, the central medallion with a floral meander enclosing a leafy composite floral scroll
diameter 14.2" — 36 cm.
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With carefully controlled bursts of ink resulting in small concentrated pools of paint, the “heaped and piled” method of decoration, as seen in this present example, purposefully recalls earlier 15th century techniques. Although potters had mastered the art of firing and painting underglaze cobalt blue by the 18th century, this stylistic reference, with its bold brushwork and sporadic bursts of ink, served as both a reminder and tribute to the highly prized and admired works of previous dynasties.
This style of blue and white lotus dish is very rare. There is one from the Horowitz Collection, Palm Springs, California, before 1972, which was sold at Chrisite’s New York, September 13-14, 2012, lot 1477. Another similar example was sold at Sotheby’s London, November 7, 2012, lot 499. Another was included as highlight in Sotheby’s 2016 New York Asia Week, March 16, lot 295
Property from a gentleman in a retirement home, Victoria, BC. Gifted in the 1950s from a family member
Department: Asian Art
Ceramics: Blue and White
Period: Ming, Qing, Tang