A Rare Hexalobed 'Yixing' Bowl with Applied Decoration, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century

supported on a straight foot, each of the four the lobed sides decorated with an applied archaistic qilong painted with a purplish-brown slip, two fitted with elephant handles suspending loose rings, between keyfret borders at the brass-mounted mouth and foot rims, the interior and base applied with white crackled glaze, the body a brownish-red color. width across handles 8 1/2 in., 21.6 cm. Estimate 6,000—8,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Acquired from a German dealer before 1924.
Brought to the United States circa 1934, by Gertrude Morgenroth, Great Neck, New York.
Thence by descent to Eva Lande.
Thence by descent to the present owner.

EXHIBITED: Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio (before 1981).
Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio (1981-2008).

NOTE: The combination of the applied decoration, glaze, handles and brass mounting is extremely rare. Several examples of yixing wares with white crackled glaze are illustrated in Yixing Purple Clay Ware, Hong Kong, 1991, pls. 50, 64-65, 102, and 111. A tea bowl attributed to the 18th century with a mark of Chen Jinhou, features similar applied qilong motifs, illustrated in K. S. Lo, The Stonewares of Yixing from the Ming Period to the Present Day, Hong Kong, 1986, fig. 169, p. 239.

Sotheby's. Chinese Works of Art. 17 Mar 09.New York www.sothebys.com Photo courtesy Sotheby's