DIMENSIONS: 8.8cm (Width) 8.8cm (Depth) 4.5cm (Height)
This yellow-glaze bowl with lotus patterns has a large rim, large body and rounded foot. It is white-glaze inside and yellow-glaze outside. Its wall is embellished with lotus patterns, which are exquisitely carved. The form is simple and unsophisticated. Meanwhile, the glaze is glossy, light and pleasing to the eye, and the hue is even and consistent. Additionally, the glaze is smooth, lustrous and delicate. Its yellow color is glossy as chicken fat. As the color is light and delicate, the yellow glaze is also known as the "delicate yellow glaze.” The yellow-glaze porcelain, from the Hongzhi reign of the Ming dynasty, is regarded as the peak in history, which was more meticulous and lustrous, compared with the delicate yellow glaze in the Xuande reign of the same dynasty. Moreover, the firing technique was extremely demanding.
Among all the reigns of the Ming dynasty, the yellow-glaze porcelain made during the Mingzhi reign was of the highest excellence. In the history of ceramics, it was regarded as the form of this type of porcelain during the Ming dynasty, known as "Hongzhi delicate yellow glaze.” Its artistic achievement could not go without the continuous exploration of the firing technique by official kilns of the period. The yellow glaze was the type most strictly controlled by the imperial power. It was exclusively provided by official kilns to the imperial palace, particularly in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Therefore, indicating nobility, this glaze was a significant type of imperial porcelain. Furthermore, the yellow-glaze porcelain occupied a crucial position in the ceramic art of ancient China. It was a pearl among porcelains in colored glazes due to its noble temperament. Impressed by the fascinating color and rich symbolic meanings, appreciators savor the never-failing charm of the yellow-glaze porcelain with obvious relish. According to the History of the Ming Dynasty: Carriages, Robes and Guards of Honor, it was prescribed, in the twenty-fourth year of the Hongwu reign of the Ming dynasty (1391), that "government officials' robes and curtains are not allowed to be black, yellow or purple.” The ban was reiterated in 1458, the second year of the Tianshun reign. Moreover, the prohibited scope of yellow clothing was expanded to all people except for the royal family. The yellow-glaze porcelain was used at the Temple of the Earth for sacrificial purposes, which was probably among the reasons that emperors valued such porcelain. In accordance with the Code of Great Ming Dynasty, "Porcelains for each cemetery at the four temples were determined in the ninth year of the Jiajing reign of the Ming dynasty: Blue porcelains are for the Temple of Heaven, while yellow ones represent the Temple of the Earth. Red ones stand for the Temple of the Sun; and white ones signify the Temple of the Moon. These porcelains are produced in Shangrao, Jiangxi." This determination certainly elevated the yellow-glaze porcelain to the altar. During the Ming dynasty, the yellow-glaze porcelain was not merely to be appreciated, nor was it to be considered a plaything. In terms of shape, it was either tableware or a sacrificial vessel. Civilians, princes and ministers could only worship it on bended knees. The color of this yellow-glaze bowl with lotus patterns rivals an authentic piece of porcelain from the Ming dynasty.
Market price: USD15,500 - 25,900