A large Fahua jar, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 102. A large Fahua jar, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 32.3 cm, 12 3/4  in. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the robustly potted baluster body rising from a gently splayed foot to a rounded shoulder surmounted by a short neck and a lipped rim. boldly decorated to the body with two scenes of the Daoist philosopher Laozi setting off on his donkey and transmitting his teachings, between lotus lappets at the base and ruyi panels enclosing anbaxian emblems, the neck rendered with further stylised clouds, all reserved on a dark blue-glazed ground, the interior glazed green, wood cover and stand.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 15 may 2019