A magnificent Chinese Yue celadon-glazed ‘lotus’ vase and cover
Five dynasties, 10th century
The ovoid vase carved with seven lotus leaves, the shoulder applied with four knobs below the cylindrical neck, the domed flower-form cover with branch finial, covered in a pale seagreen glaze suffused with a delicate crackle and pooling at the recesses, the glaze stopping short above the foot, revealing the burnt orange and cream buff.
H. 14.2 cm
– E. Pranger Oriental Arts (PAN Amsterdam 2004)
– Collection Drs. Koos de Jong, Amsterdam
– [exhib.cat.] Inaugural Exhibition, Vol. 1. Chinese Ceramics, The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath 1993, no. 41, p. 79
– R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyingtang Collection, London 1994, Vol. 1, no. 319, p. 186
The shape of this elegant vase refers to Buddhism, of which the white lotus, rising from the muddy waters, is pre-eminently the symbol.