A large blue and white hexagonal 'Longevity' jar, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period (1522-1566)

Lot 3666. A large blue and white hexagonal 'Longevity' jar, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period (1522-1566);  37.5 cm., 14 3/4  inEstimate 100,000 — 120,000 HKD (11,496 — 13,795 EUR). Lot sold 225,000 HKD (25,865 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

sturdily potted of hexagonal section, the elegant broad-shouldered body rising from a spreading flat base to a short waisted neck, painted on the exterior with eight cartouches, each detailed with a pair of cranes in flight amidst scrolling clouds, beneath further trapezial cartouche centred with a shou-character quatrefoil medallion against a diaper ground, the neck similarly decorated with cranes among clouds, all above a frieze of stylised trefoils and petals interrupted by geometrical designs bordering the foot.

ProvenanceAn old Japanese collection.

ExhibitionThe Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, prior to 1995, no. 55.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 07 oct. 2015, 02:30 PM