A Longquan celadon-glazed pear-shaped vase, 18th-19th century

Lot 18. A Longquan celadon-glazed pear-shaped vase, 18th-19th century; 27.7cm (11in) high. Sold for £ 9,375 (€ 10,522). © Bonhams.

The vase with bulbous body tapering to a tall slender neck and raised on a slightly spreading circular foot, the exterior and base all covered with an even-toned soft pale green glaze, reaching into the interior of the neck and stopping at the dark grey foot.

Provenance: Lieutenant-Colonel W.B.R. Neave-Hill (1912-2000) and thence by descent.
(remains of N-H Label). 

NoteLieutenant-Colonel Neave-Hill was an honorary secretary of the Oriental Ceramic Society for many years starting in 1967. As a member of the Selection Committee he helped to organise the following exhibitions: The Art of the Sung Dynasty, 1960, The Arts of the Ch'ing Dynasty, 1964, and The Ceramic Art of China, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1971. In 1975 he published Chinese Ceramics, London, with a foreword by Sir Harry Garner. He was a contributor to the Transactions of the Oriental Ceramics Society and has written various articles and reviews for Oriental Art and the Connoisseur. He was a client of Bluett's from 1953 until the 1970s. The Neave-Hill family lent six pieces to the 1971 Exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART. London, New Bond Street, 15 May 2014