A fine 'Longquan' celadon glazed bottle vase. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby"s..

the pear-shaped body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall cylindrical neck with broad everted rim, carved around the exterior with a leafy undulating composite floral scroll above a lotus lappet band, the neck with two sets of raised ribs divided by a pair of dragon-head handles suspending large fixed rings, covered overall with a bluish-green glaze thinning to white at the edges and around the carved decoration; 26cm., 10 1/4 in.    Est. 20,000—30,000 GBP. Lot Sold 121,250 GBP



YA large 'Longquan' celadon 'chrysanthemum' dish. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby"s..

the slightly spreading foot, rising to rounded sides and an everted rim, moulded in the form of a chrysanthemum flower, with seventy-five radiating concave 'petals' and a central peony roundel, covered in a celadon glaze; 35.2cm., 13 7/8 in.. Est. 30,000—40,000 GBP. Lot Sold 34,850 GBP

PROVENANCE: Collection of Francisco Capelo.

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Francisco Capelo et. al., Forms of Pleasure. Chinese Ceramics from Burial to Daily Life, London, 2009, pl. 46.

NOTE: Although a number of dishes of this type are known, the present example is unusual for the fluted cavetto extending to the rim which is usually left plain. However, a similar chrysanthemum form 'Longquan' dish of slightly smaller dimension was sold at Christie's Amsterdam, 15th October 1990, lot 105.

For related examples with a plain rim see a dish illustrated in Celadons from Longquan Kilns, Taipei, 1998, pl. 206; another published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol. 1, London, 1986, pl. 76, with a peony spray incised in the centre; and a third dish from the H.M. Knight collection sold in these rooms, 11th December 1979, lot 217.

Compare further related examples of similar large size; one sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 26th May 1980, lot 435; another sold in these rooms, 7th June 1988, lot 207; and a third dish, from the collection of Sir Thomas Bromley, sold at Christie's London, 12th June 1989, lot 2. 


A 'Longquan' celadon 'lotus' jar and cover. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby"s..

the ribbed broad baluster body rising from a recessed base to a short straight neck, the ribbed domed cover with broad foliate rim, covered overall in celadon-green glaze; 20cm, 7 3/4 in. Est. 3,000—5,000 GBP. Lot Sold 3,750 GBP

Sotheby"s.. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 10 Nov 10, London www.sothebys.com