Lot 77. A large Longquan celadon baluster jar, guan, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 9 7/8in (25cm) height of jar, 12 5/8in (32cm) diam. Estimate US$ 6,000 - 8,000 (€ 5,300 - 7,100). © Bonhams.
Thickly potted with a short neck and swelling body that tapers inward above a wide foot ring surrounding a separately inserted base plate, the walls carved with fruiting branches and flower sprays enclosed within eight ogival reserves above a lotus petal band, the glaze applied everywhere except the lip, part of the interior well and the foot pad; the later fitted wood cover topped with a carved hardstone finial in the shape of a lingzhi fungus.
Note: The shape and foot construction of this lot are similar to Longquan jars dated to the 15th century by Regina Krahl, Nurdan Erbahar, and John G. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul, New York, 1986, Volume I, p. 371, nos. 540 and 541. See also the covered jar with its original lid, carved with similar fruit and flower reserves above a lotus petal band, excavated from a Ming Tomb in Wuhan, Hubei province and published in Zhang Bai, Zhongguo qutu ciqi quanji, volume 13 (Hubei, Hunan), Beijing, 2008, p. 106, pl. 106.
Bonhams. Fine Asian Works of Art, San Francisco, 25 Jun 2019, 10:00 PDT