A rare and large 'Fahua' jar, Ming dynasty, circa 1500


Lot 92. A rare and large 'Fahua' jar, Ming dynasty, circa 1500; height 17 in., 43.2 cm. Estimate 15,000—25,000 USD. Lot Sold 266,500 USD. photo Sotheby's 2011

robustly potted of baluster-form, finely molded and incised around the exterior with a dense design of peacocks standing between rockwork and flowering tree peonies, all set between pendent ruyienclosing large blooms around the shoulders with further clouds on a diaper ground collaring the straight neck and upright petal lappets skirting the foot and neck, brightly glazed in aubergine, yellow and turquoise on a rich dark blue ground with details picked-out in aubergine, turquoise and ivory enamels, reserved against a deep purplish-blue ground, the interior glazed green.

Provenance: Duveen Brothers, New York (until 1964).
The Norton Simon Foundation, Los Angeles.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 7th May 1971, lot 3.

Exhibited: On loan to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1965-1971

Sotheby's. Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co. 22 Mar 11. New York