A large blue and white 'hundred cranes' jar, China, 16th century. Photo Nagel

stoutly potted of ovoid form, finely painted with an overall design of cranes soaring with outstretched wings through wispy clouds, the short wide neck encircled by a band of classic scroll between two borders of vertical stripes, the foot painted with an additional border of classic scroll. Very minor wear, good condition. H. 37,8 cm - Estimate 12000 €

Cranes are a symbol of longevity and the design of a ‘hundred cranes’ is especially auspicious. Jars of this form and design are rare although a very similar vessel from the collection of the Kau Chi Society of Chinese Art was included in the exhibition Ancient Chinese Ceramics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1981, cat. no. 88. See also a blue-ground ‘Hundred Cranes’ jar sold Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 29th April 1997, lot 555; and another sold at Christie’s London, 21st June 2001, lot 91

Nagel. Sale 689, 2012/11/02. http://www.auction.de