Lot 611. A rare pair of Longquan celadon jars and covers, Song – Ming dynasty; 8.5 cm, 3 3/8 in. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 HKD. Lot sold 212,500 HKD. © Sotheby's.
01 décembre 2018
each modelled in the form of a drum, the rounded body applied with a pair of mock handles, decorated with bands of raised bosses above the foot and around the cover rim, covered overall save for the interior and base in an olive-green glaze.
Provenance: Tai Sing Fine Antiques Ltd., Hong Kong, 1990s.
Property from the Xinyangtang Collection.
Note: It is rare to find boxes of this form, and their exact function remains unknown. However, they are usually believed to be containers to store the pawns for the game of weiqi. See a carved Yaozhou box and cover in the Shaanxi Archaeology Institute which is referred to as a weiqi box, published in Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese Ceramics], Shanghai, 1999-2000, vol. 7, pl. 132. Compare as well a Yaozhou celadon ‘peony’ box and cover, sold in these rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 2, from the Le Cong Tang collection; and a Southern Song Qingbai drum-form jar and cover, sold at Christie’s New York, 22nd March 2018, lot 533, from the Linyushanren collection.
Sotheby's. Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 29 november 2018.