A rare Yueyao frog-shaped water pot, Western Jin Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 120,000 – 200,000 (€12,000 – 20,000). Photo Bonhams.
The compressed globular pot raised on a short spreading foot, crisply moulded with beady eyes on the head, warts and legs on the body, covered overall in a pale greyish-green glaze. 8cm wide
Notes: The ceramic craftsmen of Yue ware were inventive particularly during the environment of political unrest during the Jin Dynasty. Potters created vessels in a number of striking animal shapes, including frogs as the present lot.
Two very similarly modeled frog-shaped water pots, one in the Shanghai Museum and another in the Zhejiang Province Cultural Relics Bureau, Jinhua City, are illustrated in Zhongguo mei shu fen lei quan ji: The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics Vol.4, Shanghai, 2000, no.131 and 132.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT. HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY