• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1862

    A VERY RARE LARGE LONGQUAN CELADON ZUN-SHAPED VASE

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    A VERY RARE LARGE LONGQUAN CELADON ZUN-SHAPED VASE
    SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

    Of archaistic bronze form, the pear-shaped body decorated with two horizontal bow-strings, with two further prominently moulded bow-strings repeated on the elongated cylindrical neck above and below a pair of tubular-handles, supported on a slightly splayed foot, with exception of the ring foot covered overall with a lustrous glaze of sea-green tone
    12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) high, Japanese wood box


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    A highly comparable Longquan vase of similar size but potted with a comparatively slimmer cylindrical neck is in the Qing Court collection, illustrated in Porcelain of the Song Dynasty, (II), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 114, no. 102; where the author mentions that the Palace Museum vase is one of the best quality examples of its type from the Longquan kilns. Cf. also two vases of this same form in the Tokyo National Museum, included in the exhibition, Art of the Muromachi Period, 1982, nos. 180 and 181.

    The technique of using horizontal bow-strings in decorating Song ceramics was also popular among Guanyao vases. Compare with a Guanyao vase of this same form, dated to the 12th/13th century, illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Tokyo, 1988, no. 71.