A large celadon-glazed bulb bowl, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Lot 144. A large celadon-glazed bulb bowl, Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's

the shallow rounded sides rising from three animal-mask feet to an incurved lip, carved around the exterior with lotus scrolls below a narrow band of applied floret studs, covered overall with a grayish-green glaze, pooling to a turquoise-green and suffused with a dense network of crackle, stopping unevenly at the center of the interior and base to reveal the dark-brown stoneware body. Diameter 16 in., 40.6 cm 

Provenance: Collection of George Eumorfopoulos (1863-1939), no. B113.
Sotheby's London, 28th May 1940, lot 85. 
Collection of Henry Guinness de Laszlo (1901-1967), and thence by descent.

BibliographyR.L. Hobson, The George Eumorfopoulos Collection Catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Persian Pottery and Porcelain, vol. II, London, 1926, pl. XXXII, fig. B151. 
R.L. Hobson and A.L. Hetherington, The Art of the Chinese Potter, London, 1923, pl. LXX, fig. 2.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 13 sept. 2016, 10:30 AM