03 juin 2011

A rare and finely painted late Ming blue and white 'dragon and phoenix' garlic-headed vase, suantouping. Wanli

A rare and finely painted late Ming blue and white 'dragon and phoenix' garlic-headed vase, suantouping. Wanli six-character mark and of the period (1573-1619). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2011 The globular body painted in inky-blue tones on each side with a sinuous five-clawed horned ascending dragon flanked by a pair of descending phoenix in flight, confronting a 'flaming pearl' reserved on a ground of loose composite floral meander, above a border of prunus flowerheads on a wave ground, and keyfret around the foot, the tall... [Lire la suite]