A 'LONGQUAN' CELADON 'CONG' VASE SONG DYNASTY
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
The deep celadon glaze was a color highly prized in Japan under the term 'kinuta celadon', after mallet (kinuta) shaped vases. Celadon wares of this type come from an extensive region in southern Zhejiang province, covering Longquan as well as many neighboring counties.
A number of Longquan celadon cong-form vases of this design are published, including several in renowned museum collections. An example in the Qing court collection is illustrated in Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (II). The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 97; two from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Green. Longquan Celadon of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 2009, cat. nos 149 (left and center); one is in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Longquan ciqi, Beijing, 1966, pl. 15; another from the Eumorfopoulos collection and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is included in John Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, pl. 124; and a sixth example from the Oppenheim collection and now in the British Museum, London, is published in Jessica Rawson (ed.), The British Museum Book of Chinese Art, London, 1992, pl. 8 (left).
Compare also a vase of this type, from the Toguri collection, sold in our London rooms, 9th June 2004, lot 53; and another also from a Japanese collection, recently sold in the same rooms, 13th May 2015, lot 106.