Lot 704. A rare reticulated Fahua jar, guan, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 14 in. (35.5 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 43,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
The jar has a broad, tapering body decorated with scenes of scholars, some on horseback and some accompanied by attendants, alternating with mythical beast masks and beaded roundels suspending various emblems and tassels. The scenes are set within a continuous openwork landscape, which incorporates the façade of a building with a figure emerging from a door, all below geese and florets on the shoulder and honeycomb pattern on the neck, and above a band of petal lappets encircling the foot, all picked out in turquoise, yellow, yellowish-brown and white on a dark blue ground, and the interior is covered with a thin turquoise glaze.
Provenance: Mrs. Howell H. Howard Collection.
The Art Institute of Chicago, accessioned in 1962.
Literature: E. Gorer and J. F. Blacker, Chinese Porcelain and Hard Stones, vol. 2, London, 1911, pl. 194.