Sleeve vase of cylindrical tapered form, applied with two high-relief Buddhist lion-mask handles, each surrounded by a mane of curls, all beneath a short flared neck, covered in a thick cream white glaze.

12 1/4 inches, 31 cm high.

Late Ming dynasty, circa 1640.


  • From an important French collection.
  • Sold by Pierre Saqué, 12 Avenue George V, Paris.
  • Another of this size was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 2006, no. 78, pp. 118/9.
  • Another large example, with incised decoration, from The Grandidier Collection, inventory no. G. 764 in the Musée Guimet, Paris, is illustrated by Albert Le Bonheur in The World’s Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, Volume 7, no. 106 and again by Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt in Ming Porcelain, no. 272, p. 252; a further example is illustrated by Brian Shane McElney in The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, England, Inaugural Exhibition, Volume 1, Chinese Ceramics, no. 166, pp. 214/5
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