Lot 1023. A rare large Longquan celadon barbed charger, Early Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 50.2 cm, 19 3/4 in. Estimate 300,000 — 400,000 HKD (38,358 - 51,144 USD). Lot Sold 1,125,000 HKD (143,246 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.
the robust body with lobed shallow sides rising from a short foot to a flat everted barbed rim of twelve bracket foliations, carved on the flat interior with a dense diapered design surrounded by scrollwork, the cavetto decorated with a band of detached fruiting and flowering sprays, the exterior similarly crisply carved with detached lotus sprays, unctuously applied overall with an attractive olive-green glaze, save for an unglazed ring on the base left in the biscuit and burnt brownish-orange in the firing.
It is mentioned in the encyclopaedic work by the Ming scholar Gao Lian Zun sheng ba jian [The Eight Discourses on Living] published in 1591 that, for a scented room, large chargers such as those from the Longquan kilns were ideal vessels to hold one to two dozen of fragrant citruses (xiang yuan).