A carved Longquan celadon baluster vase, Early Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century

Lot 1176. A carved Longquan celadon baluster vase, Early Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century, 15 7/8 in. (40.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The tall, heavily potted, slender vase is carved with leafy chrysanthemum scroll, beneath a band of sawtooth design on the canted shoulder, and a line border around the short, straight neck. The whole is covered in a glaze of rich olive-green color suffused with crackle.

Provenance: Collection of Ambassador Ti-Tsun Li (1901-1981), and thence by descent to the present owner.

Note: Compare the carved Longquan vase of similar, but slightly broader form and of smaller size (32.9 cm.), in a museum in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, illustrated in Celadons from Longquan Kilns, Taipei, 1998, p. 259, no. 244.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York