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A moulded Longquan celadon 'peacock' garden stool, 14th - early 15th century | 十四至十五世紀初 龍泉青釉印孔雀花石紋繡墩

A moulded Longquan celadon 'peacock' garden stool, 14th - early 15th century | 十四至十五世紀初 龍泉青釉印孔雀花石紋繡墩

A moulded Longquan celadon 'peacock' garden stool, 14th - early 15th century | 十四至十五世紀初 龍泉青釉印孔雀花石紋繡墩

A moulded Longquan celadon 'peacock' garden stool,

14th - early 15th century

十四至十五世紀初 龍泉青釉印孔雀花石紋繡墩


in the form of a well-proportioned drum, sturdily potted, the top carved in relief with a large flower head, encircled by a continuous floral scroll, the bulging sides decorated with three peacocks in different poses - one standing proudly, another flying with grace, and a third combing its feathers - surrounded by peonies and plantain leaves in a garden setting completed with jaggy rockwork, beneath a classic scroll band, all between borders of raised bosses and further floral scrolls, the unglazed footring burnt orange in the firing


h. 37 cm

Small flakes to the unglazed foot. Surface wear especially to the top and insignificant glaze flakes to the exterior. Firing imperfections including burst bubbles, glaze crackles and firing lines, some slightly stained and extending to the foot but not passing through to the interior. 


足露胎處有細小剝落。表面有磨痕,尤頂面,外側有細微剝釉。帶窰燒瑕疵,如爆釉、釉面片紋及窰縫,稍積污變色,延伸至足,然未過及內部。


"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Bluett & Sons Ltd, London, 29th October 1991.


Bluett & Sons Ltd,倫敦,1991年10月29日

Barrel-shaped garden stools, such as the present example, were known as zuodun in Chinese, or xiudun ('embroidery seat') because they were often covered with decorative brocaded cushions for added comfort. The form simulates a drum with a nailed drumhead skin on the top and its origin can be traced to as early as the Song dynasty. While comparable Longquan examples can be found in museum and private collections, the present example is remarkable for its exceptional composition and workmanship of the relief decoration.


A larger Longquan garden stool carved with mythical animals in relief and supported on seven ruyi feet, attributed to the mid-late Ming dynasty, is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and exhibited in Longquan of the World: Longquan Celadon and Globalization, vol. I: A History of Thousands of Years, Beijing, 2019, cat. no. 174, and back cover. The exhibition also included another footless drum-inspired stool of this size, but decorated with bajixiang in relief, also in the Palace Museum, Beijing, vol. II: cat. no. 172.