25. M5351



Pair of Chinese high-fired tilework garden seats, zuodun, each pierced on the body with an interlocking drum shaped design, covered in an apple-green glaze, both ends in rich amber glaze with high relief studs.

18 ½ inches, 47 cm high.

Early Kangxi, 17th century.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From an important French private collection formed between 1924 and 1941.
  • Garden seats of related form are well known throughout the history of high-fired ceramic wares and wood furniture in China. A series of drum form garden seats, mostly from the Qing court collection, are illustrated by Zhunjiajin in Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, vol. 53, nos. 58-62, pp. 63/77.
  • A Wanli blue and white example of related form in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, collection no. B660 is illustrated by Margaret Medley in The World’s Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, 6, no. 168.


One with twelve small inner edge chips re-touched to straps, one tiny gap chip re-touched and one flake, the other with eight small inner edge strap chips re-touched.