A rare carved Longquan celadon deep bowl, Yongle period (1402-1424). Estimate HK$800,000 – HK$1,500,000 ($103,603 – $194,256). Price Realized HK$1,960,000 ($253,930). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The bowl is freely carved to the exterior with large scrolling flowers. The interior is carved with a central lotus medallion, surrounded by detached longan, loquat, and crab apple sprays interspersed with flower sprays. The bowl is covered overall in a rich bubble-suffused glaze of sea-green tone. 8 in. (20.3 cm.) diam., lacquer cover, Japanese wood box
Notes: The shape of this bowl is extremely rare for Longquan celadon wares.
A number of bowls of similar form carved with varying combinations of flowers were included in the National Palace Museum,Taipei exhibition Green-Longquan Celadon of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 2009, nos. 16-22.
The form and similarities in the decoration can also be seen in blue and white bowls of the Yongle period. Compare a Yongle period blue and white basin with detached fruiting branches to the exterior from the Walter Hochstadter Collection sold at Christie’s New York, 18 March 2009, lot 518.
The current and succeeding lots were appropriated as a water container, mizusashi, in Japanese tea ceremony.
CHRISTIE’S. DRAWN BY THE SENSES, 26 November 2014, Convention Hall