Lot 1003. A white-glazed 'lion' seal, Song-Ming dynasty (960-1664); 2 ¼ in. (5.8 cm.) high. Estimate 2,000 - USD 4,000 USD. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
The seal of square section is surmounted by a lion, with its head turned sharply to one side. The seal face is carved with a three-character name. It is covered overall with an ivory-white glaze with faint crackles.
Property from a Princely Collection.
Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden.
Early Chinese White, Green and Black Wares; Sotheby's London, 14 May 2008, lot 290.
Literature: B. Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 347.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 September 2019