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A RARE LONGQUAN CELADON 'CHAMPION' VASE
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
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114
A RARE LONGQUAN CELADON 'CHAMPION' VASE
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A RARE LONGQUAN CELADON 'CHAMPION' VASE
MING DYNASTY
formed as a pair of conjoined tubular vases each with a tapered foot and sloping neck, the body of each vase molded with diaper pattern between an upper and lower scrolling border, an applied sinewy three-clawed frontal dragon spreading across the join at one side, an applied phoenix outstretching its wings and feet on the other side, covered overall in an olive-green glaze save for the footring
Height 6 1/2  in., 16.3 cm
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Catalogue Note

'Champion’ vases gained popularity in the Song dynasty (960-1279), and by the Qianlong reign (1735-96) became an important part of marriage rituals, with the two compartments of the vase symbolizing the union between bride and groom. These later 'champion' vases were typically carved in jade. Numerous such vases were produced in the Qianlong period, including a white jade example that sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 5th October 2016, lot 3710.

Longquan wares in this form are extremely rare. Compare, however, a slightly larger example, included in the exhibition Oosterse schatten: 4000 jaar Aziatische Kknst [Oriental Treasures: 4000 Years of Asian Art], Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1954. That vase is slightly taller than the present example, and it sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29th May 2013, lot 2244.

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