Lot 473. A rare ormolu-mounted Longquan celadon vase, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); overall 49.5 cm. Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 HKD. Lot sold: 75,600HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
Provenance: Collection of Alberto Pinto.
Christie's Paris, 12th-14th September 2017, lot 885.
Note: A larger vase of this type in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Longquan qingci [Longquan celadon], Beijing, 1966, pl. 41; and vases also with their mouths reduced, in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, are published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, vol. 1, London, 1986, nos 204 and 205. Smaller and simpler examples have been found on a shipwreck off the coast of Sinan, South Korea, datable to approximately the third decade of the 14th century, and were included in the Special Exhibition of Cultural Relics Found Off Sinan Coast, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 1977, cat. no. 23.
Sotheby's. CHINA / 5000 YEARS, Hong Kong, 26 May 2021