Lot 1842. A large carved Longquan celadon yanyan vase, Ming dynasty, early 15th century; 25¾in. (65.4cm.) high. Estimate: HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000. Price realised HKD 463,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008.
Deeply carved on the shoulder with a wide band of chrysanthemum scroll bearing three large blossoms above a narrow band of foliate scroll and upright petals on the lower body, the neck with a band of narrow leaves below ribbed bands, the whole raised on a foot moulded in imitation of a stand, covered with a thick glaze of sea-green tone.
Exhibited: Singapore, Gems of Chinese Art: Selections of Chinese Ceramics and bronzes from the Tsui Art Foundation, The Empress Place Museum, 1992, no. 68.
Note: A celadon vase of similar proportions with similar decoration on the neck and lower body, but with a peony scroll rather than a chrysanthemum scroll at the shoulder, is illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, Tokyo, 1976, vol. 14, no. 231. Compare, also, the well-known celadon vase in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, with an incised inscription at the base of its slender, tapering neck dating the vase to 1454. See R. Krahl, 'Longquan Celadon of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul', T.O.C.S., 1984-1985, vol. 49, p. 53. no. 23.
Christie's Hong Kong. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 27 May 2008