A green glazed "celadon" stoneware vase with flattened pear-shaped body,ring handles and moulded decoration made in the Longquan kilns, Zhejiang province in the 14th Century, during the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). On each side of the vase are six-lobed cartouches containing the Chinese characters "shou" (longevity) and "fu" (prosperity). Bronze vessels of a similar form have been produced in China since the Yuan dynasty. For a very similar example please see exhibit no. 44 (page26) in the catalogue of the 2009 Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition "The World in Monochromes". Condition - there is extensive cracking around the base area where one section has been re-glued. 19cm (7.5inches) high.