A fine and large carved 'Lotus' Longquan celadon charger, Ming Dynasty, early 15th century

Lot 3012. A fine and large carved 'Lotus' Longquan celadon charger, Ming Dynasty, early 15th century. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000 (USD 110,000 - USD 150,000)Price Realised HKD 1,940,000 (USD 250,213). © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.

Sturdily potted and fluidly carved in the centre with a large lotus blossom supported on a curved stalk with curling leafy tendrils, the cavetto with a band of scrolling lotus below the broad mouth rim with a band of classic scrolls, the underside with a band of scrolling lotus encircling the low foot ring, covered in a glaze of rich olive-green tone, the underside base with an unglazed circle burnt orange in the firing - 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box .  

Notes: A very similarly carved slightly larger bracket-lobed dish dated to the late 14th-early 15th century, is illustrated by R. Krahl and J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol. I, London, 1986, p. 314, no. 291. 

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 30th November 2011