The dishes have a scalloped shaped rim bordering cartouches each containing two horses in enamels of blue, red, yellow and aubergine and with a cavetto containing a variety of plants and flowers. The central medallion depicts three warriors - one on horseback - on the outside of a fortress whilst two inhabitants look on from a balcony. Whilst the scene is not known it is more than likely a depiction of an episode from the novel “ The Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. The dish has a scalloped shaped rim bordering cartouches each containing two horses in enamels of blue, red, yellow and aubergine and with a cavetto containing a variety of plants and flowers. The central medallion depicts an interior scene in which a nobleman is in conversation with two maidens whilst a scholar makes notes. The figure is thought to be that of Lu Bu wearing his famous headpiece decorated with pheasant’s feathers in a scene take from the novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. Diameter 36,5 cm.
Restored crack. Retouched fritting to rim.
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
5 731 - 7 641 EUR
The left dish in the photograph is purchased from Van Halm, London, November 2008. The other dish Guest & Gray 2007.
The Avalon Collection Part II.
This collection, which in the main focuses on the Interregnum and Kangxi periods has been both carefully and sensitively formed over the last twenty-five years. The collector, a member of the English Oriental Ceramic Society, has assembled the collection with an eye for provenance whilst purchasing from old European collections, well-established antique dealers and at auction.
Academically, the pieces have been well researched both in terms of their symbolism and narrative themes. In many instances the imagery on the pieces has been referenced to episodes in the romantic and historic novels of Chinese mythology, which were used extensively in the decoration of seventeenth century Chinese porcelain.
A similar scene taken from the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” and depicting Lu Bu in the same headpiece of pheasants’ feathers can be seen in “Shunzhi Porcelain: Treasures from an Unknown Reign 1644 – 1661” , by Michael Butler, Julia Curtis and Stephen Little, No 57.
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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