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A Korean Blue & White Ceramic Urn, Late Choson Dynasty

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A Korean Blue & White Ceramic Urn, Late Choson Dynasty

A LARGE KOREAN BLUE & WHITE URN OF THE LATE CHOSON DYNASTY. Circa 1880. A perfectly proportioned, classical Asian jar form, decorated in a distinctly Korean style blending folk art idioms with borrowings from traditional Chinese painting for a particularly dramatic interpretation of the Three Friends of Winter: pine, prunus and bamboo. The fullness of the wide body allows for spacious decoration, and a masterful use of the blank space between the three friends. A lovely, thick white glaze with fine and pleasing acquired or kiln induced craquelare. The short neck is offset by two narrow string bands from which depend a ruyi-cloud collar. Across the body of the urn, a gnarled pine tree has finely painted needles in clusters which seem to float like tufted clouds, reiterating the more constrained ruyi-cloud pattern above and below. A sinuous plum tree with typical angular branches is shown in full winter blossom. Two tall and distinctly crossed culms of bamboo-- in this instance also representing marriage--lean toward each other from opposite directions surrounded by smaller bamboo shoots and blades of grass which transition along the horizontal plane demarcating the lower register. Unglazed foot rim. The bottom of the jar is only partially glazed. No cracks or restorations. Very minor abrasions or kiln flaws to the surface. Weight: 21 lbs (9.4kg); Dimensions: 18-1/2 tall; circumference of body approx. 42; 1 wide mouth rim; 1-1/2 from neck to top of the rounded lip; 6 diameter of mouth; 7-1/2 diameter across lip; 7-3/4 diameter across bottom. We have additional detailed photographs which we are happy to e-mail to you on request.

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