A rare Longquan celadon moulded trumpet-necked baluster vase, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 14th century

Lot 4244. A rare Longquan celadon moulded trumpet-necked baluster vase, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 14th century, 14 1/2 in. (37 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 250,000 - HKD 350,000Price realised HKD 225,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012

The sturdily-potted body is decorated in relief with meandering stems bearing peony blossoms above a band of upright leaves. The neck rises to a trumpet mouth and moulded with raised bowstring bands. It is covered overall with an olive green glaze thinning to the carved extremities. The foot rim is burnt orange in the firing, Japanese wood box.

NoteLongquan trumpet-neck vases with bowstring bands on the neck and upright leaves around the foot are relatively rare. An example with scrolling chrysanthemum on the body is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 166, fig. 482. Two vases with lotus designs are known, one from the shipwreck off Sinan and included in the Special Exhibition of Cultural Found off Sinan Coast, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 1977, Catalogue, no. 23; another was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 April 2004, lot 282. See also two other examples with a plain body, one was included in the Illustrated Catalogue of a Special Exhibition of Sung Porcelain, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1978, Catalogue, p. 82, no. 65; the other was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 15 November 1988, lot 111. 

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 30 May 2012, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall