A large fahua 'Lotus' jar, guan, Ming dynasty

Lot 59. A large fahua 'Lotus' jar, guan, Ming dynasty; 33.6cm., 13 1/4 in. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 18,750 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2009. 

the robustly potted broad-shouldered baluster body rising from a spreading flat base to a short waisted neck with rolled rim, slip decorated and brightly glazed in cream, yellow and turquoise with large lotus blossoms divided by cranes perched on rockwork issuing from foaming waves, all below a floral-filled ruyi-cloud collar and reserved on a rich dark blue ground, later domed and pierced wood cover. Quantity: 2

Provenance: Collection of Emil Hultmark, Stockholm, circa 1930.

ExhibitedSigge Bjorcks Konsthandel, Stockholm, 1926 (front cover).

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 04 nov. 2009