Lot 308. An unusual blue and white 'landscape' sleeve vase, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period (1627-1644). Height 16 3/8 in., 41.6 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot Sold 37,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's
well painted with a scene of a scholar seated on a riverbank watching two fishermen row past, the luxuriant riverscape dotted with dwellings, fantastically-shaped rocks and trees and a waterfall in the background, all between incised borders and below pendent leaf tips on the waisted neck.
NOTE: Sleeve vases painted with monumental landscapes are comparatively rare. It is more common to see vases decorated with historical figures, scenes from popular novels of the time, and birds and flowers. The present lot is also unusual for the the waterfall dominating the entire scene in the distance.
Another vase with a waterfall in the distance was sold in our London rooms, 11th June 1990, lot 134.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 17 sept. 2013