Chinese Longquan celadon two-handled pear-shaped bottle vase, each side moulded with a ruyi-head medallion, one with fu and one with shou-character between leafy branches of flowering camellia, one issuing from waves, the other from rockwork, all between key-fret bands on the neck and everted foot, the upright rim in the form of an open flowerhead, above two stylised elephant-head and ring handles.

20.2 cm high.

Yuan dynasty, 1280-1368.

Japanese wood box and silk holder.


Foot chip.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a Japanese private collection.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Tang to Qing, 2014, no. 8, pp. 16/7.
  • A similar vase, with a plain foliate rim, is illustrated by William Willetts, Christopher Hooi and S. R. Parker in Chinese Celadons and Other Related Wares in South East Asia, no. 248, pl. 204, pp.252/3; another, with openwork sides, is illustrated by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Four (I), no. 1605, pp. 4/5.