A blue and white faceted vase, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

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Lot 119. A blue and white 'figural' vase, Yuhuchunping, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Height 25.3 cm, 9.9 in. Lot sold: 163,800 GBP (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP)© 2022 Sotheby's.

of octagonal section, the pear-shaped body rising from a conforming foot to a columnar neck and an everted trumpet mouth, each facet painted with an upright petal lappet below a tall rectangular panel enclosing a blossoming floral sprig framed by foliate brackets at the corners, four pendent petal lappets encircling the constricted neck, upright plantain leaves at the rim, bands of classic scroll dividing each register of decoration..

ProvenanceJ.J. Lally & Co., New York, 20th January 2003.

NoteCompare a very similar octagonal blue and white vase illustrated in Feng Xianming, 'Yuan yiqian wo guo ciqi xiaoxing yazhou de kaocha [Research on the Export Trade in Chinese Porcelain in Asia during the Yuan dynasty or earlier]', vol. 6, Wenwu/Cultural Relics, Beijing, 1981, p. 72, fig. 10; another vase, illustrated in Wang Qingzheng, Qinghua youlihong/Underglaze Blue & Red, Shanghai, 1987, pl. 8; and a third example, published in Margaret Medley, Yuan Porcelain & Stoneware, London, 1974, pl. 38B. See also an ewer and cover with similar decoration, excavated from Baoding, Hebei province in 1964, included in the exhibition Splendors in Smalt. Art of Yuan Blue-and-white Porcelain, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 2012, cat. no. 59.

Sotheby'sHOTUNG | 何東 The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung | Part II: Evening. London, 8 December 2022