The Notable Collection of Chinese Porcelains
American Art Association 1937
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The Notable Collection of Chinese Porcelains formed by the late J. Horace Harding, New York. American Art Association, Anderson Galleries. Inc 1937. Sale April 1st, at 2pm. Marked 33 pages. With images. A selection of mostly Qing dynasty lots of Chinese ceramics, porcelain, and pottery, from the Kangxi-Qianlong periods.
7.5 in. , 10.5 in.
With cover loss, staining, wear, creasing, and pencil notations.
Example of lots:
8. Apple Green Ovid Vase-Kangxi
Ovoglobular jar with short neck and medium orifice, invested with a light apple green lang yao glaze with bold regular café au lait crackle; has stand. Height, 5.5 inches
9. Lang Yao Bottle Vase-Kangxi
A squat depressed body on high hollowed foot and sloping into a tall tubular neck: coated with a lang yao glaze fluctuating from blood red to strawberry and the palest peach pink and streaked with a crackle. Cracked. Has stand. Height, 7-7/8 inches
10. Powder Blue Oviform Vase-Kangxi
Slender ovoid vase with incurvate flaring neck, clothed ina bleu souffle
(ch’ui ch’ing) mottled glaze; has stand. Height, 9.5 inches
11. Bleu Souffle Baluster Form Vase-Kangxi
Graceful cabinet vase with high incurvate ring-molded neck, clothed in
a mottled ch’ui ch’ing glaze, upon which is faintly discernible an etched
floral decoration; has stand. Height, 10.25 inches
12. Bleu Souffle Baluster Form Vase With Cover-Kangxi
Elegant vase with hat cover, coated with a mottled powder blue glaze
of great brilliance; has stand. Height, 11 inches
13. Camellia-Leaf Green Tall Necked Bottle-Kangxi
Oblate spherical body sloping into a tall chimney neck and clothed in a
beautiful deep leaf green glaze with tightly meshed café au lait crackle;
has stand. Height, 8 inches
14. Powder Blue Club Shaped Vase-Kangxi
Cylindrical rouleau vase with ring-molded neck, invested with a mottled
bleu souflé glaze of high brilliance; has stand. Height, 10 inches
“The choicest porcelains of the notable Harding collection are the peach blooms of Kangxi. To these, a word may be devoted, since, from their first introduction to American collectors, they have been the most esteemed of all monochromes.
Dr. Bushell ascribed the invention of this glaze to the illustrious Ts’ang Ying-hsiian, the director of the Imperial kilns towards the close of the reign. Still, the fact that this beautiful effect is a variation of the more familiar sang de boeuf (or red lang yao), which was certainly known by the beginning of the seventeenth century, would suggest that the earliest specimens date at least from the first half of the Kangxi period.
The astonishing skill of the technique, which could produce not only all the subtle variations of rosy tint found in the ripening peach but even the green fleckings (p’in-kuo ch’ing) which are the mark of ceramic genius, was in point of sheer virtuosity never surpassed and was correctly applied by the Chinese to the production of small vessels of irreproachable shape.
The collection contains examples of virtually all the known mutations—flat coupes, rouge boxes, hemispherical water pots, amphorae, and chrysanthemum-petal vases, which form a kind of series of ascending value in the vocabulary of the collector. The color plate in the present catalog will afford an idea of the beauty of the best examples.
The varied monochromes of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are well-represented. In addition to the peach blooms, most of which are from the house of Parish-Watson, there are a couple of fine sang de boeuf vases and a remarkable bowl from the Yamanaka collection of 1915; a clair de lune apple-form coupe; turquoise and powder blue vases; and three shining mirror black (wu chin) bottles. The decorated porcelains include an extensive range of the Kangxi blue and white, among which is an exceptional pair of ‘hawthorn’ ginger jars, together with a notable steatitic (‘soft paste’) porcelain vase of the Yung Chéng reign, painted with a Fu-lion and cub. A pair of white amphora, decorated with dragons in peach bloom, exhibits the careful refinement of Kang grand feu painting.
Following the porcelains, a score of good late Ming and Ch’ ing cloisonné enamels represent an art which in recent years has been returning to wide favor- Leslie A. Hyam”