Lot 245. A 'Longquan' celadon-glazed garden seat, zuodun, Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century. Height 14 1/2 in., 36.9 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. © Sotheby's
of tapering barrel form, the sides boldly carved with four reserves, each enclosing a flowering peony plant growing from leafy scrolling stems on a combed ground, separated vertically by curved bands of diaper pattern, set between two rows of spring-molded florets and further bands of freely incised foliate meander, the slightly domed top with a trellis pattern in imitation of a caned seat, covered overall in a pale sea-green glaze with broad foot ring unglazed and burnt reddish-brown.
Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 11th May 1978, lot 168.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28th November 1979, lot 64.
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Chia.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5th November 1996, lot 649.
Literature: Julian Thompson, 'Chinese Celadons', Arts of Asia, November-December 1993, p. 72, fig. 21 left.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 12 sept. 2018, 10:30 AM