Lot 705. A rare Fahua jar, guan, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 14 ½ in. (36.8 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
The robustly potted vessel is decorated in relief with The Eight Immortals separated by monster masks and beaded roundels suspending various auspicious emblems, all below geese and florets on the shoulder and above a band of stylized lotus lappets above the foot. The relief decoration is reserved on a mottled dark blue ground.
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.