26 mai 2009

A magnificent and very rare underglaze-blue amphora-form vase. Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795)

A magnificent and very rare underglaze-blue amphora-form vase. Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795)Modelled on a Tang Dynasty prototype, the ovoid body finely painted in Ming style with nine horizontal registers within line borders of floral scrolls above stylised pendent leaves on the tapering body, the uppermost body decorated with six moulded tear-shaped appliqués repeated below each of the dragon strap handles, with bosses rising to the dragon-head terminal which bites the cup-shaped mouth surmounting... [Lire la suite]