Description

A small Longquan celadon scholar's table screen
Ming Dynasty, probably 16th century

 

5 3/4 inches high, 4 3/4 inches across, Japanese wood box

 

Of vertical rectangular outline, centered by a pierced double-cash symbol between molded bands of scrolls above and below within the rectangular frame with side supports similarly molded, the plain reverse side with the addition of a cylindrical taper stick holder, the arched underside with some pooling of glaze but primarily left in the reddish biscuit.

For a larger example but under a perhaps less attractive olive-green glaze but molded with mythical beasts, see Green-Longquan Celadon of the Ming Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2014 pp. 210-211, no. 113. 


Another was offered at Sotheby's New York, 16/17 September 2014, lot 146 depicting a xiniu (mythical beast) gazing at the moon, replacing the cash symbol of our example.