• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1883

    AN EARLY MING CARVED LONGQUAN CELADON 'LOTUS' BOWL

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    AN EARLY MING CARVED LONGQUAN CELADON 'LOTUS' BOWL
    MING DYNASTY, 15TH CENTURY

    Sturdily potted of deep U-shape, finely carved on the exterior with lotus flowers borne on leafy scrolling tendrils, repeated on the interior cavetto, encircling a central lotus medallion, covered overall in an olive-green glaze
    7 1/4 in. (18.5 cm.) diam., box


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    The carved decoration on the present lot relates closely to the designs found on underglaze-blue bowls that were being produced during the same period at the Jingdezheng kilns. There are numerous examples of Yongle and Xuande porcelain bowls with dense lotus scrolls or composite floral scrolls on the exterior and on the interior encircling a central floral medallion. Cf. a Yongle bowl illustrated by John A. Pope, Chinese Porcelain from the Ardebil Shrine, Washington D.C., 1956, pl. 47 (top left).

    Provenance

    A Japanese private collection, sold at Sotheby's London, 12 July 2006, lot 564