Lot 414. A large rare inscribed Longquan celadon 'sanduo' jar, guan, Ming dynasty, 15th - 16th century; w. 33 cm, 13 in. Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 HKD. Lot sold: 163,800 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.
carved wood stand and cover, the wood cover surmounted by a jade finial.
Provenance: A South American private collection.
Note: The crisp decoration of sanduo, the 'Three Abundances' including peaches, pomegranates and lychees, on this Longquan jar is particularly striking. The four-character kaishu inscription reads qingxiang meijiu, which literally translates as 'fresh and fragrant fine wine', indicating the use of the jar.
A closely related Ming dynasty Longquan jar in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei is illustrated in Green-Longquan Celadon of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 2011, pl.127.
Sotheby's. China / 5000 years, Hong Kong, 27 November 2020