A Fine Longquan Celadon Foliate Bowl Incised with Figures. Ming Dynasty, Mid-15th Century - Photo Sotheby's 

robustly potted, the deep rounded sides and rim divided into eight bracket foliations, all supported on a straight circular foot, carved on the outside with a continuous landscape of steep rocky cliffs and promontories rising from water, one side with a fisherman seated at the shore, angling with a rod, the rim further decorated with a border of overlapping chevrons evoking the silhouette of stylized hills, the interior centred with an impressed peony spray with a single bloom and a bud in a incised barbed panel, the inner walls decorated with eight petal-shaped panels filled with carved and combed waves below a 'classic' scroll border at the rim, the base with a broad unglazed ring fired to brick red; 22.8 cm., 9 in. Estimation: 1,000,000 - 1,500,000 HKD

LITTERATURE: Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 4, no. 1610

NOTE DE CATALOGUE: Painterly scenes began to be carved on Longquan celadon in the early Ming dynasty and are often based on contemporary blue-and-white porcelains from Jingdezhen. Landscape scenes, however, are very rare and the present motif does not seem to follow any model closely, although related freely sketched designs can be seen on blue-andwhite porcelains of the so-called Interregnum period (AD 1436-64) depicting various outdoor scenes but rarely mountainous landscapes.

A similar bowl from the Sir Percival David Collection in the British Museum, London, is published in Oriental Ceramics. The World’s Great Collections, Tokyo, New York, and San Francisco, 1980-82, vol. 6, no. 66; one in the Palace Museum, Beijing in Longquan qingci [Longquan celadon], Beijing, 1966, pl. 59; and a landscape-decorated bowl of this form but with incised flower sprays inside is in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, ed. John Ayers, London, 1986, vol. I, no. 492; another with a lotus scroll inside surrounding a ruyi motif was sold in our New York rooms, 6th November 1981, lot 243.

Sotheby's. The Meiyintang Collection, Part IV - An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains. Hong Kong | 09 oct. 2012 www.sothebys.com