24 March 2004
A LONGQUAN CELADON CARVED BULB BOWL
MING DYNASTY, 15TH CENTURY
The compressed body raised on three curved mask supports and carved around the sides with the Eight Trigrams between bands of widely spaced bosses, covered with a rich sea-green glaze except for an irregular patch in the center left in the biscuit and impressed with the character fu, 'happiness', within a barbed diaper medallion, the center of the base also left in the biscuit and burnt orange in the firing
12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) diam.
Carl Kempe Collection, no. 157.
E.L. Paget Collection, no. 15.
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B. Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, p. 65, no. 157.
Compare a similar censer also carved with the Eight Trigrams, sold in our London rooms, 16 November 1998, lot 208.
In conversation with the Korean-American artist, whose recent painting The Evolution of Perception will be offered at Christie’s in Hong Kong on 25 November
As this 1,000-year-old Ru tea bowl comes to auction in Hong Kong, we look at the evolution of the grey-green ware from Yue to Yaozhou to Ru