A Longquan celadon stand, Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 2109. A Longquan celadon stand, Ming dynasty, 15th century; 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) acrossEstimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price Realized USD 7,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014. 

The bombé sides are raised on a circular foot and cut-out in the form of five shaped 'legs' separated by openings of conforming outline. There are five holes above the 'legs' and below the barbed, everted rim. The stand is covered overall in a glaze of olive color that pools to a darker tone in the crevices..

Note: Stands of this type may have been used to support bowls or dishes, or even vases.

A Longquan celadon stand of similar shape, and comparable size (16.5 cm. high), is illustrated by J. Ayers in Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, pl. 130, where it is dated Yuan dynasty. One of smaller size (16 cm. high), in the British Museum, is illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall in Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pp. 494-95, where it is dated Ming dynasty, c. 1480-1580. Another, dated late 14th-early 15th century, is illustrated by R. Krahl in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul, vol. I, London, 1986, p. 372, no. 542.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014