Lot 882. A crackle glazed wine bottle with polychrome enamel decoration, Bát Tràng kilns,16th-17th century; 8 3/4in (22cm) high. Estimate US$ 1,000 - 2,000 (€850 - 1,700). Sold for US$ 375 (€316). Photo: Bonhams.
Molded with a cylindrical neck and flaring foot on a body molded into six lobes, each with raised ribs framing a fabulous beast (nghe) standing between flower heads, the beast showing remains of amber enamel in contrast to the green enamel coloring the raised frames and portions of the background, the foot and deeply recessed base left unglazed.
Published: James H. Brow and Anh Hoang Brow, 'Vietnamese Ceramics: A Ten Thousand Year Continuum,' Arts of Asia, March-April 2004, p. 94, no. 35.
Note: For a similar wine bottle with longer neck, see Gom Bat Trang the ky XIV-XIX (Bat Trang Ceramics 14th-19th Centuries), 1995, p. 113, no. 59, as 16th/17th century.