A rare longquan celadon jar. Southern Song/Ming dynasty, 12th-15th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2010

With compressed bulbous body and broad cylindrical neck rising to a lipped rim, covered overall with a sea-green glaze suffused with gold-tinted crackle, part of the interior of the small, shallow foot burnt red in the firing - 5½ in. (14 cm.) across mouth rim - Estimate : $30,000 - $50,000

Provenance: Acquired in 1989.


A rare massive longquan celadon charger, 14th/early 15th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2010

Very heavily potted with shallow rounded sides, covered all over with a glaze of olive-green tone except for two unglazed circles on the base burnt orange in the firing - 26¾ in. (68 cm.) diam. Estimate : $30,000 - $40,000

Provenance: Tai Sing Co., Hong Kong, 1991.
Cargill & Donna MacMillan Collection.

Notes: Longquan celadon chargers of this large undecorated type are rare. One of comparable size (68.5 cm.) in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts is illustrated in Selected Masterpieces from the Idemitsu Collection, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1986-91, no. 135. One of somewhat smaller size (54.5 cm.) is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 174, no. 515; and another (56.3 cm.) was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 29 May 2007, lot 1478.


A large longquan celadon carved bowl. Ming dynasty, 15th century. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2010

Heavily potted with deep rounded sides, the exterior carved with two scrolling, leafy chrysanthemum stems below a zigzag diaper border, the center of the interior impressed with a peony sprig below freely carved peony scroll in the well, covered with a glaze of olive-green color, most of the base unglazed and burnt red in the firing - 12¼ in. (31.1 cm.) diam. Estimate : $12,000 - $15,000

Christie"s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. 26 March 2010. New York, Rockefeller www.christies.com