Lot 1563. A Longquan celadon tripod bulb bowl, Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century, 12 ½ in. (31.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 6,250 © Christie's Images Ltd 2016
The compressed body is raised on three curved mask supports and carved around the sides with the Eight Trigrams (bagua) between bands of bosses. The whole is covered in a glaze of rich sea-green color, revealing the burnt-red body in the center decorated with a molded flower medallion, wood stand.
Note: A similar Longquan celadon bulb bowl, but decorated with a fucharacter in the interior, is illustrated by Bo Gyllensvärd in Chinese Ceramics in The Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1965, p. 65, no. 157. Another similar bulb bowl is illustrated in Chinese Celadons and Other Related Wares in Southeast Asia, Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Singapore, 1979, pl. 179.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art part I, 17 - 18 March 2016, New York