It is rare to find vessels of this form and glaze with a Xuande reign mark and of the period. Shallow tripod bowls of this type were based on bronze prototypes and popular luxury items in the late Yuan and early Ming dynasty, probably used to perfume a temple or home. During the early Ming period, the Longquan kilns appear to have worked closely with the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, thus making wares of similar form and decoration, perhaps under imperial instruction; see a Longquan celadon version relief-moulded with the Eight Trigrams below a band of flowers, attributed to the Yuan to Ming dynasty, from the collection of Mrs B.Z. Seligman and now in the British Museum, London, published in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pl. 16:87.
Celadon-glazed vessels with underglaze blue Xuande marks and of the period, include a small celadon-glazed barbed dish decorated with incised flower scrolls, in the Taipei Palace Museum, included in the Museum’s exhibition Green-Longquan Celadon of the Ming Dynasty, 2009, cat. no. 162; a pair, from the collection of Carl Kempe, illustrated in Kinesiska Keramiska Mästerverk. I urval från Ulricehamns Östasiatiska Museum, inkluderande Dr. Carl Kempes samling./Chinese Ceramic Treasures. A Selection from Ulricehamn East Asian Museum, including The Carl Kempe Collection, Ulricehamn, 2002, p. 294, pl. 379, and sold in our Paris rooms, 12th June 2008, lot 34 and 43; and another, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 31st October 1994, lot 563. See also a celadon-glazed basin, incised with lotus petals on the exterior, and waves and lotus on the interior, with a six-character underglaze-blue Xuande mark beneath the rim, excavated in 1982 at Zhushan, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, included in the exhibition Xuande Imperial Porcelain excavated at Jingdezhen, Chang Foundation, Taipei, cat. no. 20.