Decorated with a warrior with a sword and an attendant. Around the rim calebass shaped vases and a continuous leaf scroll. The reverse with the eight buddhist emblems and to the base Wanlis mark within double roundels in underglaze blue. Diameter 21 cm.
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
764 - 955 EUR
The Erik Holmberg Collection, lot no 34. Purschased from Hans Öström 1958.
From the Collection of Erik Holmberg, thence by descent. Bankdirektör Erik Holmberg was born in 1888 (died 1972), married to Ester Holmberg (?-1955). Erik Holmberg made a career at Svenska Handelsbanken and worked there as a Bank Manager up until his pension. He grew up in Trysil, Norway which came to make an impact upon him and he continued to enjoy nature, skiing and hiking throughout his life. He and his beloved wife Ester lived in a villa at Lidingö, Stockholm where he also kept his wooden sailboat Albertina.
Erik early on became fascinated with Asian Art, and was a true academic collector who had a curiosity and strive to learn more about the subject all the time, this is clearly visible in his catalogue cards about his pieces, all his letters to museum directors, dealers and other collectors and members of the China club at the time.
Set a part from his attraction to the Asian art he also collected Swedish contemporary ceramics from Stig Lindberg, Wilhelm Kåge and Bertil Friberg.
He was an active member of the Östasiatiska Museets vänner and he donated several of his contemporary Chinese paintings to the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm.
For related wucai dishes, Wanli, decorated with figures in landscapes, see M.K. Hearn, Splendors of Imperial China: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1996, pl.78, p.106; and J.Ho Yi Hsing, The Fame of Flame: Imperial Wares of the Jiajing and Wanli periods, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.288–289, no.115, and pp.292-293, no.117.
See Edgar E. Bluetts catalogue of the Riesco Collection of Old Chinese Pottery, page 19, for a similar dish.
Viewing: May 29th – June 3rd at Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Open: Mon–Fri 11–18, Sat–Sun 11–17
Auction: June 4th–5th at Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm
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