Lot 3816. A large Longquan celadon jar and cover, Late Yuan-Early Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century; 12 in. (30.4 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 400,000. Price Realized HKD 375,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
Well potted with generously rounded shoulders, the convex base encircled by an unglazed foot burnt a russet color, the lotus leaf-form cover with partially upturned rim applied with a small stem-like knop, the glaze of bright blue-green tone.
Note: Longquan celadon jars of this form were first made during the Song dynasty and continued to be made into the early Ming dynasty. A smaller jar and cover (23.8 cm.) of Song dynasty date unearthed at Suining City, Sichuan province and now in the Suining City Museum was included in the exhibition, Urban Life in the Song, Yuan & Ming, Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994, p. 72-73. For an example of early to mid-14th century date, see R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, vol. I, London, 1986, p. 293, fig. 215. A fine ribbed example of comparable size was sold at Christie's New York, The Hardy Collection of Early Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from the Sze Yuan Tang, 21 September 1995, lot 121.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 1 June 2011, Convention Hall