A rare Ming-style doucai 'Lotus' jar, 18th century

A rare Ming-style doucai 'Lotus' jar, 18th centuryEstimate $30,000 – $50,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The sides are decorated in a rich doucai palette with six ribbon-tied lotus sprays separated by ruyi-cloud spandrels, all between a band of petal lappets at the foot and a band of ruyi-heads on the shoulder. An apocryphal Chenghua mark is on the base. 6 in. (15 cm.) high

Notes: The decoration and shape of this well-painted jar are based on Chenghua period (1465-1487) prototypes, such as the jar with cover in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, illustrated in Enamelled Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Book I, Hong Kong, 1966, pl. 2.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 15 - 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza