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Copper Red Decorated Ewer – The Percival David Collection

Description: Decorated in underglaze copper red with classical scrolls round the foot, formalized lotus panels round the bottom of the body, with floral scrolls round the main field & bands of classical scrolls, key fret & vertically poised plantain leaves round the neck; the spout, which is tied to the neck by a decorative red & white bar, is painted with lappets & formalized flower sprays. The fluted handle is decorated outside with key fret & flower sprays & on the inner side with classic scrolls. The glazed base has grit adhering to the inside edge of the foot-ring. The join mark is clearly visible. Firing cracks at the join between the base and foot ring as well as on one small crack on the body (in the floral band).

Height: 32.5 cm

Century: 14th century

Dynasty: Ming

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Underglaze Blue Decorated Paint Palette and Cover – The Percival David Collection

Description: A circular paint palette and cover. The base is decorated round the side with a finely drawn diaper band, which is repeated on the side of the cover; the flat top of the cover is decorated with a man in official robes, holding a leafy branch and being transported across a rough sea in the light of the moon by a fish-dragon all within a double ring. The interior of the palette is stained red. The foot-ring is coarse and unglazed.

Marks & Inscriptions:
Xuande mark

Height: 3.4 cm

Century: 17th century
Dynasty: Qing

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Turquoise Wine Jar Ming Dynasty – The Percival David Collection

Description: Porcellaneous stoneware wine jar of ‘guan’ form, with wide ovoid body, short cylindrical neck and projecting lip bound with a gilt copper band. Covered with a finely crazed turquoise glaze applied directly to the biscuit.

There is an inscription on the shoulder in relief. The glaze forms a thick welt above the base, which is unglazed and burnt brown.

Nei fu gong yong
Height: 33.5 cm
Century: 15th century
Dynasty: Ming

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Ming White Ware ‘Monk’s Cap’ Ewer – The Percival David Collection

Description: White porcelain ewer made to resemble, in profile, the cap worn by Buddhist Monks in winter, covered with a transparent grey toned glaze. Finely incised decoration under the glaze. The main decorative motif is lotus scrolls in various forms. Above the lotus scroll on the main body are the Eight Buddhist Emblems. Above the foot is a lotus panel containing a stylised flower spray. The strap handle has a ‘ruyi’ motif top & bottom with a floral scroll in between. The cover is undecorated & has a tiny knob at the back. The base is unglazed.

Height: 19.5 cm

Century: 15th century

Dynasty: Early Ming

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Dehua Figure of Bodhidharma – The Percival David Collection

Description: Finely modelled figure of a standing Bodhidharma (‘Putidamo’ or ‘Damo’ in Chinese) the reputed founder of Chan Buddhism in China. Ivory white porcelain covered with a pinkish toned glaze. Hollow on the inside, thickly made and heavy. He is shown standing bare footed with his head turned slightly, arms folded, holding a rosary and wrapped in a cape that billows at the edge. He has short curly hair, long lobed ears and an ‘urna’. The piece has a carved wooden stand.

Marks & Inscriptions:
Zhang Shoushan

Height: 26.5 cm
Width: 10.7 cm

Century: 17th century
Dynasty: Early Qing

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