Lot 883. A blue and white quadrilobed 'lotus' jardinière, Ming dynasty, 15th century. Width 8 1/2 in., 21.6 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 18,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the lobed sides supported on a four broad ruyi-form feet and rising to an everted rim, the sides delicately painted with scrolling lotus stems each issuing numerous leaves and terminating in a large blossom, all between a line border above and a band of ruyi heads below, each ruyi-form foot with a floral bough and a scrolling border, the rim with scrolling wisps between line borders, the center of the base with a Japanese gilt-lacquer repair, Japanese lacquer cover, Japanese wood box (4).
Literature: Kuji Takuma, Minsho Toji Zukan [Porcelains of the Early Ming Dynasty], Tokyo, 1968, pl. 16.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 11 september 2019