A large pair of Longquan celadon bottle vases, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Estimate HK$2,000,000 – HK$3,000,000 ($260,000 – $390,000). Price Realized HK$2,200,000 ($284,909). Photo Christie’s Ltd 2014
Each vase is sturdily potted with a pear-shaped body, decorated with a single bow string, raised on a low splayed ring foot. The waisted neck with a pair of mythical beast-head C-shaped handles, each suspending a circular ring. The glaze of a rich olive-green tone. 11 3/4 in. (30.2 cm.) high, box (2)
Note: Compare with a smaller vase of this shape and design, illustrated in Green-Longquan Celadon of the Ming Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2009, p. 195, no. 103 (18.9 cm. high); where the author mentions a similar vase dating to 1566, excavated in Chengdu, Sichuan province.
CHRISTIES. IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 26 November 2014, Convention Hall