A pair of pale green glazed funerary jars and covers, Song-Yuan period. Estimate £700 – 1,200 (€930 – 1,600). Photo Bonhams.
With oviform bodies supporting tubular tapering necks, the shoulders and necks with applied carved decoration including a row of Star Gods and Daoist figures, all beneath a seated guardian beside deer and phoenix, with the Green Dragon of the East on one jar and the White Tiger of the West on the other, the bulbous mouth with an applied wavy border and four small loop handles, the covers with crane finial and carved and applied decoration, covered overall in a light green glaze. The tallest: 825cm (32 1/2in) high (4).
Note: Accompanied by a letter by Rose Kerr, when curator of the Far Eastern collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, dated 1994.
Bonhams. ASIAN ART, 25 Feb 2015 10:30 GMT – LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE