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A Chinese carved and underglaze red "Dragons and Waves" vase, Meiping, Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period

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Description A Chinese carved and underglaze red "Dragons and Waves" vase, Meiping Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period Of robust form with swelling shoulder, short cylindrical neck and flared lip and foot, the shoulder carved in low relief with two dramatic sinuous five-clawed dragons, above a smaller pair of incised dragons at the foot, all depicted against stylized crashing wave in underglaze red, a pale blue tint to the glaze, underside with six-character mark within a double circle. H: 11 1/8 in. PROVENANCE: The Collection of Sheelah M. Langan, thence by descent in the family of the present owner. Sheelah Langan served in the United States Foreign Service, joining during World War II, retiring in 1970. She was variously posted to Rome, Bangkok, Tripoli, Rabat, Athens, London, Bogota and Mexico City. NOTE: The present vase is a rare example of a small group of wares made for the Yongzheng court, inspired by Yongle period (1402-1424) porcelain prototypes, themselves based on Yuan styles of decoration, which feature reserved dragons carved in low relief against a ground of crashing waves executed in variations of underglaze blue and red. There appear to be two closely related Yongzheng mark and period types of which the present vase is a part: One version, slightly larger at about 13 1/4-13 3/8" in height and with more stylized crashing waves, is typified by the examples in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in "The Complete Collections of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (III), 2012, p. 187, no. 171, the meiping bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer in 1929, #29.100.312, and the example formerly in the collection of Stephen Junkunc, III, sold at Christie's New York, September 21, 1995, lot 225. The second group, to which the present vase belongs, includes a meiping sold in London in 1966 and now at the Cleveland Museum Of Art, Ohio, bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin #1989.314 , and another, formerly in the collection of the Manno Art Museum, Japan, sold at Christie's, London, June 21, 2001, lot 109. This second subgroup appears to be more solidly potted and more closely emulating the Yongle period prototypes. Compare the series of reconstructed Ming meipings excavated at the Imperial kiln sites at Dongmentou in 1994 and Zhushan in 1999 and 2003, illustrated in "Imperial Porcelains from the Reigns of Hongwu and Yongle in the Ming Dynasty", Beijing, 2015, pp. 173-179, nos. 79-82. For other examples of Yongzheng mark and period porcelains with carved dragons reserved against a blue-decorated ground in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see "The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red" (III), pp. 90, 115, 116, nos. 76, 101, 102. In the description for the Palace Museum meiping cited above, the author discusses the theme of larger and smaller dragons and relates them to the saying "Canlong jiaozi", which may be translated as "the Eastern [Blue] dragon teaching his son". This has been variously understood to imply not only the importance of teaching the young, but also to bring one's descendants up to succeed in court or higher office. This would certainly have had relevance for the Yongzheng Emperor who succeeded his illustrious father, the Kangxi Emperor, and in turn was to nurture the development of his own son, the Qianlong Emperor. These three Emperors reigned over what may be described as a golden age for China and the Arts. Hajni Elias, in her essay discussing an enameled dragon vase from the Qianlong reign, sold at Sotheby's, Hong Kong, April 3, 2019, lot 3614, also notes a cultural source of the saying as "having been recorded in the Song dynasty (960-1279) Confucian reading primer, the Sanzi jing [Three Character Classics]". Condition Report Descriptions provided in both printed and on-line catalogue formats do not include condition reports. The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Freeman's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Freeman's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Freeman's. For that reason, Freeman's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. All transactions are governed by Freeman's Conditions of Sale.


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