Lot 1489. A Longquan celadon carved baluster jar, guan, early Ming dynasty, 15th century; 13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) across. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011
Thickly potted, the rounded upper body carved with four large ogival cartouches separated by different scrolling flower stems and enclosing four characters, mei jiu qing xiang, reserved on a diaper ground, all within double line borders above a band of upright petals, covered with a glaze of rich sea-green color which also covers the interior, except for the center of the bottom, as well as the recessed, convex base, the mouth and foot rims unglazed and burnt orange in the firing.
Provenance: The Tsui Museum of Art.
Exhibited: Gems of Chinese Art: Selections of Ceramics and Bronzes from the Tsui Art Foundation, Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1992, no. 71.
Note: The inscription, mei jiu qing xiang, may be translated, 'excellent wine, clear and fragrant.'
The same inscription can be seen carved in relief in panels on a jar of this shape with cover illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Chinese Ceramics, vol. I, London, 1968, A 108. It is also on an ovoid jar illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol. I, London, 1986, p. 371, no. 537; and on a meiping in the Victoria and Albert Museum illustrated by R. Kerr (ed.), Chinese Art and Design: Art Objects in Ritual and Daily Life, New York, 1991, p. 167, no. 73, where the author notes, p. 164, the inscription may be a trademark.