Chinese, Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). A meiping form vase of faceted octagonal form above a narrow foot, the wide body decorated low relief with the eight Daoist immortals, each standing amidst ruyi shaped clouds within a bracket lobed cartouche, with a band of cartouches above and below each being filled with floral forms having leafy branches, at top alternating between chrysanthemum and peony blossoms, the vase with a celadon glaze of deep olive-green tone except to figural cartouches which are unglazed and bisque fired. Approximately 16 3/8" tall, 10" diameter. Note: The faceted form of the example offered here is more common to the Yuan Dynasty than early periods as artisans and makers gained exposure to the contemporary metalworking in Iran, Egypt, and Syria during this later period. Several similar vases to this are in international collections such as The British Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Percival David Foundation, The Zwinger Palace in Dresden, and the Phoenix Art Museum. A similar vase to this sold at Christie's New York on March 22, 1999, lot 271, for $134,500, with another octagonal Longquan celadon vase selling at Christie's Hong Kong on November 30, 2011, lot 3010, for $776,000.
Chip to base. Evidence of firing cracks on center figural cartouches. Areas of glazing imperfections (see images 8 & 9).