Lot 89. A 'Longquan' celadon-glazed 'lotus' jar and cover, Late Yuan-early Ming dynasty. Height overall 11 in., 27.9 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. Lot sold: 20,160 USD. © Sotheby's 2021
of compressed baluster form, the body freely carved with a stylized lotus scroll issuing furling leaves above a band of upright lappets encircling the base, the similarly decorated cover modeled as an undulating lotus pad with a stem-form knop, all covered with a translucent jade-green glaze pooling to a deeper tone in the recesses, the footring burnt orange.
From the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton.
Provenance: E & J Frankel Ltd., New York, 24th June 1999.
Note: A similar vase, with the neck reduced and fitted with an Ottoman silver-gilt rim mount, is published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul, vol. II, London, 1986, pl. 574. Two others of this type were included in the exhibition Jingdezhen Wares: The Yuan Evolution, Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, 1984, cat. nos 130 and 131. Compare another illustrated in Yabe Yoshiaki, Toji taikei: Gen no sometsuke [Blue and white ware of Yuan], vol. 41, Tokyo, 1974, pl. 72. For examples sold at auction, refer to a vase also with the neck reduced, sold in our London rooms, 27th November 1973, lot 211, and one sold at Christie's New York, 30th May 1991, lot 305.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021