A rare Yueyao ‘mythical beast’ water pot, Western Jin Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 35,000 – 45,000 (€3,600 – 4,600). Photo Bonhams.
The beast modelled sitting upright with front paws held close to its head beside the circular aperture, with a fierce expression detailed with fangs bared, a ridged back and a pair of wings incised on the sides, covered overall in a thin olive-green glaze. 7cm high
Notes: A Yueyao vase formed as a mythical beast, with similarly large beady eyes and a snarling muzzle, in the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, is illustrated in Zhongguo mei shu fen lei quan ji: The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics Vol.4, Shanghai, 2000, no.82. Chimera-shaped vessels with faces very similarly modelled to the present lot were included in the Special Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics, Tokyo National Museum, 1994, nos. 58 and 59; and one was sold at Christie’s New York, 21 March 2000, lot 248.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no.P112a65 is consistent with the dating of this lot.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT. HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY