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    Sale 2622

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2539

    A VERY RARE LONGQUAN CELADON GLOBULAR 'CHRYSANTHEMUM' VASE

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    A VERY RARE LONGQUAN CELADON GLOBULAR 'CHRYSANTHEMUM' VASE
    EARLY MING DYNASTY, 14TH/15TH CENTURY

    The stoutly potted globular body deeply moulded and carved with four foliated chrysanthemum scrolls above a band of narrow upright petals, the ribbed neck with bands of incised chevron and ruyi pattern flared upwards to a rolled-top mouth decorated with applied bosses, covered overall with a thick glaze of greenish-olive tone thinning to reveal the pale body underneath on the extremities
    14 in. (35.5 cm) high, Japanese wood box


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    Longquan vases of this form, undoubtedly inspired by contemporaneous metal ware, are exceptionally rare. The Palace Museum in Beijing has a very similar vase, illustrated in Ceramics Galleries of the Palace Museum, Part II, Beijing, 2008, p. 373, pl. 290. Another smaller vase without the moulded decoration is in the British Museum, illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall in Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, p. 474, pl.16:33 where the author mentions the unusual roll-up mouth with bosses might have taken its inspiration from the Tibetan brass and copper ewers. Another example with a carved rather than moulded primary decorative band was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2007, lot 1472.

    The application of sprig-moulded ornaments on Longquan celadons developed during the Yuan dyansty. This technique involved the manufacture of separate ornaments in open moulds and then applied to the clay body before glazing and firing. Incising and moulding in relief were the most common techniques used individually or in combination as seen on the present lot.

    Provenance

    A Japanese private collection
    This item was given by the chief priest at the Nishi Honganji temple as a new year's gift in December of 1877