A carved 'Longquan' celadon jar and cover, guan, Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 3218. A carved 'Longquan' celadon jar and cover, guan, Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368); 13 3/4 in. (35 cm.) high. Estimate 350,000 - HKD 550,000. Price Realized HK$400,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015 

The thickly potted body is divided into eight lobes, each decorated with a flower spray and divided by vertical ribs, above a broad band of narrow petals. The domed cover is carved with similar floral-sprays beneath an unglazed biscuit finial in the form of a lion. The interior of the cover is carved with the character fu within a moulded flower-head. The glaze is a rich olive-green tone.

Provenance: Sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 20 October 1995, lot 680
Sold at Christie's New York, 20 September 2005, lot 239.

Note: A related jar with carved designs and unglazed auspicious characters, the cover also with a biscuit finial, is illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection: Chinese Ceramics, vol. 1, Geneva, 1968-1974, no. A108. See, also, another jar and cover with a similar biscuit finial, illustrated in Selected Masterpieces of Oriental Art, The Matsuoka Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1984, no. 117.

CHRISTIE'S. THE IMPERIAL SALE & IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 3 June 2015, Convention Hall