3039
3039
A LONGQUAN CELADON CONG VASE
SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
2,000,0003,000,000
LOT SOLD. 2,437,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
3039
A LONGQUAN CELADON CONG VASE
SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
2,000,0003,000,000
LOT SOLD. 2,437,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A LONGQUAN CELADON CONG VASE
SONG DYNASTY
of square section supported on a short tapered footring, rising to a flat shoulder and short neck narrowing towards the rim, the long edge of each facet carved with eight raised horizontal bands within raised rectangular panels, covered overall in a rich sea-green glaze pooling at the recesses
24 cm, 9 1/2  in.
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Provenance

A Japanese private collection.
Sotheby's London, 13th May 2015, lot 106.

Catalogue Note

Celadon vases of this form imitate archaic ritual jade objects in shape and colour and represent one of the most characteristic types of Song ceramics. They derive from jade cong, which are not shaped as containers but as open tubes, and are known particularly from the Neolithic Liangzhu culture in southeastern China. A fine jade example from the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, was included in the exhibition Gems of Liangzhi Culture, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong, 1992, cat. no. 57. For a single-tier example, see one offered in this sale, lot 3020.   

Several Longquan cong vases can be seen in famous collections throughout the world; one in the Shanghai Museum is illustrated in Longquan qingci [Celadon of Longquan], Beijing, 1966, pl. 15; another is published in the Illustrated Catalogue of Sung Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum. Lung-ch'uan Ware, Ko Ware and Other Wares, Kyoto, 1974, pls 8 and 9; 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 fourth 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 from the Baron Hatvany collection, included in the exhibition Song Ceramics, Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Singapore, 1983, cat. no. 36, and sold in our London rooms, 5th November 1996, lot 605. See also one sold in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 3122, and one sold in our London rooms, 5th November 2014, lot 23.

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