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A LARGE CARVED CELADON LONGQUAN YENYEN VASE, CHINA, EARLY MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
The heavily potted vase has an ovoid upper body rising from a short foot, the vase is well carved in relief with a continuous design of three leafy peony, each with large flowers and over all with leafy foliage above a band of vertical lotus foliate. The trumpet-shaped neck is carved with further peonies spray on the underside of the flaring mouth rim, the foot that has burnt orange-brown in the firing. In very good conditions, minor firing imperfections, glaze crackles and minor colour gap on the neck at junction level, typical of this period.
62,5 cm. high, 22 cm wide
Estimate € 5,000 - 7,000
Provenance: from the private collection of an Italian noble Lady, bought at Perotto Antichità ; Milan (label), already Sotheby's London, 8 June 1993, lot 45