A 'Kinrande' iron-red ewer, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 1389. A 'Kinrande' iron-red ewer, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Height 10 in., 25.4 cm. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000. Sold: $10,625. © Sotheby's

the flattened pear-form body raised on a splayed foot, rising to a long waisted neck and galleried mouth, with an arched handle on one side and a serpentine spout on the other connected to the neck with a figure-eight strut, the exterior covered in a rich iron-red glaze with gilded and incised decoration, the body with peacocks and peonies within a raised spade-form panel surrounded by a lotus meander, the neck with a wide leiwen band below stiff upright leaves and the foot encircled with ruyi and butterflies, the base with underglazed blue fu gui jia qi mark in a square.

Property from the Collection of Dr. Peter M. Greiner.

Exhibited: A Walk into China’s Past, Art Center of Battle Creek, Michigan, 1976, cat. no. 62.

Sotheby's. Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian Art, New York, 18 March 2017