A green glazed "celadon" ware vase with flattened pear-shaped body made in the Longquan kilns, Zhejiang province, circa 1450-1550, during the middle Ming dynasty. The shape is probably in imitation of ring handled bronze vessles of similar form which have been produced in China since the Yuan dynasty. There is moulded floral decoration to the body and a plantain leaf design around the neck. On each side of the vase are six-lobed cartouches containing the Chinese characters "shou" (longevity) and "fu" (prosperity). There is an almost identical example in the British Museum, please see item 16:18, page 469 - "Ming Ceramics in the British Museum" by Jessica Harrison-Hall (ISBN 0 7141 1488 X). Condition - there are under glaze firing cracks and some surface scratching but no external damage and no repairs or restoration. 7.25 inches (18.5cm) high.
绿釉青瓷桃形扁瓶，明中期约1440-1550年间浙江龙泉窑品，此种器形估为仿元代以来双耳吊环青铜瓶器形，模制的花卉纹瓶身和芭蕉叶纹瓶颈，瓶身两面中央六瓣海棠花内各有“福”及“寿”字纹。大英博物馆内有一几乎同样的展品，见Jassica Harrison-Hall的“Ming Ceramics in British Museum (大英博物馆的明代陶瓷）”（ISBN 0 7141 1488 x) 一书第469页第16:18件样品。