Lot 195: Chinese porcelain Yuan dynasty vase, Tang dynasty poet Li Bai

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Description: Chinese porcelain Yuan dynasty Chizhou vase with TANG poet Li Bai ; The image represents the famous Tang dynasty poet - Li Bai - ; The inscription says when Li was drunk, he would write many poems. Height: 9.8 in = 25 cm; Weight: approximately 3 lb. = 1415 g = 1 kg 415 g; Provenance: from private collection in New York, USA; References: Li Bai (701[1]762), also known as Li Po, was a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. He and his friend Du Fu (712770) were the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the mid-Tang Dynasty that is often called the "Golden Age of China". Around a thousand poems attributed to him are extant, thirty-four in the canonical 18th century anthology. Three Hundred Tang Poems. The poems were models for celebrating the pleasures of friendship, the depth of nature, solitude, and the joys of drinking wine. Among the most famous are "Waking from Drunkenness on a Spring Day", "The Hard Road to Shu", and "Quiet Night Thought", which appears frequently in school texts in China today. Legend holds that Li drowned when he reached from his boat to grasp the moons reflection in the river. The Yuan dynasty (12061368)While the Mongol occupation destroyed much, it also shook China free from the static traditions and techniques of the late Southern Song and made possible many innovations, both in painting and in the decorative arts. The north was not progressive, and the main center of pottery activity shifted permanently to the south. The northern traditions of Jun and Cizhou ware continued through the Jin and Yuan, bolder but coarser than before. New shapes included a heavy, wide-mouthed jar, sometimes with decoration boldly carved through a black or brown slip or painted in two or three colours. These new techniques and the overglaze painting already developed in the Jin dynasty prepared the way for the three- and five-colour wares of the Ming.
Low Estimate: 15000;
High Estimate: 50000;
Original: Yes;
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