Lot 51: A beautiful and large blu and white porcelain plate
October 22, 2016
Sarzana (SP), ItalyLive Auction
dating: Jiajing (1522-1566)
Finely painted in white and blue; depicting a hill landscape surrounded by water and with a man on a donkey crossing a bridge between two mountains; the border is decorated with a painted band with storks and lotus flowers; finely painted at the back with three pomegranate branches with a bird on top. Chips on the border and a firing damage at the center.The depicted scene presumably takes place in the Huangshan (literally: "Yellow Mountains") mountains, on the Immortals' Bridge. This landscape inspired a lot of Chinese artists and it can be easily found on several paintings on paper. Moreover, it is quoted in more than twenty-thousand poems from the Tang dynasty (618 â€“ 907) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 â€“ 1908). During the Qin Dynasty (221 a. C. â€“ 206 a. C.) these mountains were known as Yi Shan. The current name was used when the poet Li Bao (701 â€“ 762) used it in 747 in one of his poems.
A similar plate is at the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, object TKS 15/3487; TKS 15/1553; TKS 15/1923.
See the book Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, A complete catalogue, Vol. 2, Yuan and Ming Dinasty Porcellains; Regina Krahl in Collaboration with Nurdan Erbahar, by John Ayens; Sotheby's Pubblication, page 685/6, pic. 1121/22 e page 697, fig. 1169.
dimensions: diameter 34.5 cm.