Lot 308. A large blue and white jar, guan, Ming dynasty, mid-15th century; 14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007
Of baluster form, painted in 'windswept' style with two groups of warriors approaching a bridge from either side, on one side the soldier is followed by an official, while on the reverse one of the three soldiers is dismounted and shown carrying a gift, all below clouds in a landscape setting, and between a band of petal tips below and a band of waves crashing against mountains on the shoulder, each of the four mountains centered by a character, shou shan fu hai, all below a band of diaper on the neck.
Exhibited: On loan: Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama.
Note: The characters, shou shan fu hai, represent the wish, 'May you live as long as the Southern Mountains and may your good fortune be as deep as the Eastern Sea'.
Compare this jar to others painted in the same 'wind-swept' style illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 14, Tokyo, 1976, nos. 231-2, middle and bottom rows, which also show figures on horseback accompanied by attendants in landscape settings.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 22 March 2007