13 avril 2010

Ming dynasty blue and white porcelains @ Sotheby's Hong Kong

A rare and magnificent blue and white ewer. Ming dynasty, Yongle period. photo Sotheby's based on a Persian metal form, the pear-shaped body painted in vibrant colbalt tones with a continuous leafy lotus scroll, growing around and into a ruyi-head shaped cartouche on the center of each side, all below a tapering neck with a band of pomegranate scroll and a pendent ruyi-head band rising to an everted rim painted with gardenia sprays, set with an elegant curved handle surmounted by an eyelet above three moulded bosses... [Lire la suite]