Lot 95. A 'Fahua' jar, Ming dynasty, circa 1500; height without cover 14 1/2 in., 16.8 cm. Estimate 1,500 — 2,500 USD. Lot Sold 50,000 USD. photo Sotheby's 2011
the broad-shouldered body with a design of peacocks striding between luscious peony flowers and foliage, all outlined in relief and filled with bright turquoise, yellow and aubergine enamels reserved on a dark blue ground, together with: an associated dome-shaped cover with a bud-shaped finial (2).
Provenance: Duveen Brothers, New York (until 1964).
The Norton Simon Foundation, Los Angeles.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 7th May 1971, lot 4.
Exhibited: On loan to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1965 - 1971.
Note: Compare a jar decorated with similarly spacious design, published in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pp. 420-421, pl. 13.23.
Sotheby's. Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co. 22 Mar 11. New York