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A fine 'Longquan' celadon glazed bottle vase. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby"s..

the pear-shaped body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall cylindrical neck with broad everted rim, carved around the exterior with a leafy undulating composite floral scroll above a lotus lappet band, the neck with two sets of raised ribs divided by a pair of dragon-head handles suspending large fixed rings, covered overall with a bluish-green glaze thinning to white at the edges and around the carved decoration; 26cm., 10 1/4 in.   Est. 20,000—30,000 GBP. Lot Sold 121,250 GBP

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YA large 'Longquan' celadon 'chrysanthemum' dish. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby"s..

the slightly spreading foot, rising to rounded sides and an everted rim, moulded in the form of a chrysanthemum flower, with seventy-five radiating concave 'petals' and a central peony roundel, covered in a celadon glaze; 35.2cm., 13 7/8 in.. Est. 30,000—40,000 GBP. Lot Sold 34,850 GBP

PROVENANCE: Collection of Francisco Capelo.

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Francisco Capelo et. al., Forms of Pleasure. Chinese Ceramics from Burial to Daily Life, London, 2009, pl. 46.

NOTE: Although a number of dishes of this type are known, the present example is unusual for the fluted cavetto extending to the rim which is usually left plain. However, a similar chrysanthemum form 'Longquan' dish of slightly smaller dimension was sold at Christie's Amsterdam, 15th October 1990, lot 105.

For related examples with a plain rim see a dish illustrated in Celadons from Longquan Kilns, Taipei, 1998, pl. 206; another published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol. 1, London, 1986, pl. 76, with a peony spray incised in the centre; and a third dish from the H.M. Knight collection sold in these rooms, 11th December 1979, lot 217.

Compare further related examples of similar large size; one sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 26th May 1980, lot 435; another sold in these rooms, 7th June 1988, lot 207; and a third dish, from the collection of Sir Thomas Bromley, sold at Christie's London, 12th June 1989, lot 2.

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A 'Longquan' celadon 'lotus' jar and cover. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby"s..

the ribbed broad baluster body rising from a recessed base to a short straight neck, the ribbed domed cover with broad foliate rim, covered overall in celadon-green glaze; 20cm, 7 3/4 in. Est. 3,000—5,000 GBP. Lot Sold 3,750 GBP

Sotheby"s.. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 10 Nov 10, London www.sothebys.com