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Zetterquist Galleries Feature Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics from American and Japanese Collections


Gu-Form Longquan Celadon Vase, Ming Dynasty, early 15th c., AD, China, Height: 25 cm

Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics from American and Japanese Collections
March 14 – 22, 2024
Asia Week Hours: Mar 14-22, 11am-6pm (otherwise by appointment)
3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B

Zetterquist Galleries is delighted to present an exhibition of Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics, all sourced from American and Japanese collections.

The Chinese pieces range in date from the Tang through Ming Dynasty, starting with a large Tang Dynasty whiteware jar, rare for its size and excellent condition. There is a selection of nine Song Dynasty pieces with fine examples of Ding, Yaozhou, Henan and Cizhou pieces from Northern China. From Southern China, there are elegant examples of Qingbai porcelains from the Hutien Kilns and a Jian-yao “Hare’s fur” tea bowl from a Japanese tea ceremony collection. From the Ming Dynasty there are two Longquan celadons; The barbed-rim charger with an ideal minty-green glaze color, and an exquisite “Gu” form vase, with Taoist trinary symbols, in an old lacquer box with silver inscription, also from a Japanese tea ceremony collection.

Most of the Vietnamese selections come from the collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles, whose extraordinary collection of Chinese ceramics sold in the gallery last Spring. They collected Vietnamese ceramics with the same exacting eye for quality, condition and beauty with which they chose their Chinese wares. Representing Northern Vietnamese kilns from the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) through the Le Dynasty (1428-1788), this scholarly collection includes wares of varied techniques, forms and functions. From the elegant Thanh Hoa pieces with Buddhist inspired form, to Blue and white porcelaineous pieces of excellent condition and intricate decoration, this group exhibits the finest of Vietnamese wares.

There are more Vietnamese ceramics from Japanese and American collections on view which, as with many of the Cowles’ pieces, have illustrious provenance and publication histories.

Large Blue and White Charger with Floral Decoration, Le-So Dynasties, 15th-16th c., Vietnam, Diameter: 37.8 cm

This is their seventh Vietnamese exhibition in the last 30 years. It is a field that Zetterquist Galleries thoroughly enjoy and still feel to be eminently collectable. They are particularly fond of exhibiting Vietnamese ceramics together with Chinese ceramics, as it not only shows their inevitable stylistic and technical connections, but also highlights the unique charm and joyful spontaneity of Vietnamese design and decoration.

To learn more and view their catalog, click here.

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