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20 avril 2015

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP (2,713 - 4,070 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a flaring rim, freely carved to the exterior with foliage, covered overall in an olive-green glaze - 11.2cm., 4 1/2 in.

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A 'Yaozhou' celadon conical bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon conical bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon conical bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 5,0007,000 GBP (6,783 - 9,496 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the steep sides rising to a flared rim, the interior moulded with four fish amongst a dense design of waves, covered overall in an even pale olive green glaze - 11.2cm., 4 1/2 in.

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A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 2,5003,500 GBP (3,391 - 4,748 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the curved sides rising from a tapered foot to a flaring rim, freely carved to the exterior with overlapping lappets, covered overall in an olive-green glaze - 13.2cm., 5 1/4 in.

PROPERTY FROM A PORTUGUESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

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A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 3,000 — 4,000 GBP (4,070 - 5,426 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the curved sides rising from a tapered foot, freely carved to the interior with three fish amongst combed waterweed, covered overall in an olive-green glaze - 11.4cm., 4 1/2 in.

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A small 'Ding' saucer, Song dynasty

A small 'Ding' saucer, Song dynasty

A small 'Ding' saucer, Song dynastyEstimate 5,000 — 7,000 GBP (5,426 - 8,139EUR EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the flared sides rising from a flat base to a six-lobed rim, covered overall in an opaque ivory-white glaze - 14.2cm., 5 5/8 in.

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A small carved 'Ding' Lotus bowl, Song dynasty

A small carved 'Ding' Lotus bowl, Song dynasty

A small carved 'Ding' Lotus bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP (5,426 - 8,139EUR EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the rounded sides rising from a short foot to a slightly flared rim, freely carved to the interior with leafy lotus scroll and covered overall in an ivory-white glaze - 11.6cm., 4 1/2 in.

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A small carved 'Ding' bowl, Song dynasty

A small carved 'Ding' bowl, Song dynasty

A small carved 'Ding' bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP (5,426 - 8,139EUR EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim, freely carved to the interior with a lotus scroll and covered overall in an ivory white glaze - 9.4cm., 3 1/2 in.

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A 'Longquan' celadon cong vase, Song dynasty

A 'Longquan' celadon cong vase, Song dynasty

A 'Longquan' celadon cong vase, Song dynastyEstimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP (54,260 - 81,390 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the body in the form of an archaic jade cong, of square section supported on a short waisted footring, rising to a flat shoulder and a broad tapering short neck, each corner carved with eight raised horizontal bands, within raised rectangular panels, covered overall with a rich bluish-green glaze, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 2 - 24cm., 9 1/2 in.

ProvenanceA Japanese Private Collection

NotesCeladon vases of this form imitate archaic ritual jade objects in shape and colour and represent one of the most characteristic types of Song ceramics. They derive from jade cong, which are not shaped as containers but as open tubes, and are known particularly from the Neolithic Liangzhu culture in southeastern China. A fine jade example from the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, was included in the exhibition Gems of Liangzhi Culture, Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong, 1992, cat. no. 57.

Several Longquan cong vases can be seen in famous collections throughout the world; one in the Shanghai Museum is illustrated in Longquan qingci [Celadon of Longquan], Beijing, 1966, pl. 15; another is published in the Illustrated Catalogue of Sung Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum. Lung-ch'uan Ware, Ko Ware and Other Wares, Kyoto, 1974, pls 8 and 9; another from the Eumorfopoulos collection and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is included in John Ayers,Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, pl. 124; and a fourth example from the Oppenheim collection and now in the British Museum, London, is published in Jessica Rawson (ed.), The British Museum Book of Chinese Art, London, 1992, pl. 8 (left). Compare also a vase of this type, from the Toguri collection, sold in our London rooms, 9th June 2004, lot 53; and another from the Baron Hatvany collection, included in the exhibition Song Ceramics, Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Singapore, 1983, cat. no. 36, and sold in these rooms, 5th November 1996, lot 605. See also one sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 3122, and one sold in these rooms, 5th November 2014, lot 23.

The deep celadon glaze was a colour highly prized in Japan under the term 'kinuta celadon', after mallet (kinuta) shaped vases.

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A large 'Cizhou' sgraffiato 'Peony' baluster vase , Song-Jin Dynasty

A large 'Cizhou' sgraffiato 'Peony' baluster vase , Song-Jin Dynasty

A large 'Cizhou' sgraffiato 'Peony' baluster vase , Song-Jin DynastyEstimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP (54,260 - 81,390 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the globular body rising from a tapering recessed base to a short broad neck with everted rim, covered overall with a thick lustrous dark chocolate-brown glaze superbly carved through to the buff ground with a broad band of meandering leafy blossoming peony, all between line borders and a band of overlapping stiff leaves at the base and a leafy scroll band at the shoulder, the footring unglazed, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 2 - 29.3cm., 11 1/2 in.

ProvenanceSotheby's London, 8th November 2006, lot 61. 
An English Private Collection.

NotesThis jar belongs to a well-known type of Cizhou ware, but the large fluidly rendered flower-scrolls are particularly elaborate and pleasantly laid out on the vessel surface. The jar is also unusually elegant in outline compared to the more commonly found globular shapes. The sgraffiato technique used to decorate this jar, in which the design is carved through two different types of slip, one black and one white, helped achieve a spectacular contrasting effect in the design. Although several jars of similar form and design are known, they are quite individual in style, apparently produced one by one and not in a series, and can differ considerably both in their proportions and in the rendering of the scroll and enclosing borders. This jar is also unusual for its glazed rim. Jars of this type are generally left with an unglazed rim as a cover would have concealed the rim.  

See a related Cizhou jar from the Scheinman collection included in the exhibition Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Mass., 1995, cat.no. 69; and another jar of this type, from the Malcolm collection and exhibited at the Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, in the winter of 1936-37, sold in these rooms, 29th March 1977.

For other comparable examples see a jar from the Manthorne collection, sold in our New York rooms, 4th November 1978, lot 116; and one of a pair, from the collection of the late Joanne Cummings, sold at Christie's New York, 19th September 1996, lot 255.

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A rare ‘Cizhou’ sgraffiato ‘Peony’ meiping, Northern Song Dynasty

A rare ‘Cizhou’ sgraffiato ‘Peony’ meiping, Northern Song Dynasty

A rare ‘Cizhou’ sgraffiato ‘Peony’ meiping, Northern Song DynastyEstimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP (54,260 - 81,390 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the well-potted tapered body rising to round shoulders, surmounted by a short waisted neck with galleried rim, freely carved through the layer of brown slip to the ivory-white layer beneath with two large peony blooms borne on a meandering scroll with trefoil leaves, each flower with combed and double-teardrop hearts within lobed petals, all between wavy overlapping lappets around the shoulder and the foot, applied overall with a transparent glaze, the grey base unglazed and fired to a buff-orange tone, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 2 - 29.5cm., 11 5/8 in.

ProvenanceMayuyama & Co. Ltd., Tokyo.

ExhibitionChinese Arts of the Sung and Yuan Periods, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1961, cat. no. 247.
Chugoku Meito Hyakusen Ten [100 selected master pieces of Chinese Ceramics], Takashimaya Department store, Osaka, 1961, cat. no. 21.
Tou sou meitouten [Tang and Ming masterpieces], Nihonbashi Shirokiya, Tokyo, 1964, cat. no. 156. 

BibliographyMayuyama: Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 534.

NotesThis piece is remarkable for its bold and vigorous floral scroll which has been endowed with an added sense of three-dimensionality through its carving and delicate incised lines. Meiping decorated with the sgraffiato technique, in which the design is carved through the black slip covering a white slip beneath, were produced at the Guantai kilns in Henan province, during the Northern Song dynasty. Fragments of similarly decorated vessels were unearthed from these sites,  such as one of a meiping illustrated in The Cizhou Kiln Site at Guantai, Beijing, 1997, pl. XXI, no. 2 (top right).

meiping of this type in the British Museum, London, is published in Oriental Ceramics. The World’s Great Collections, vol. 5, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 110; one from the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, was included in the exhibition Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China. Tz’u-chou Type Wares, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 1980, cat. no. 39; another from the Ise foundation, was included in the exhibition Charm of Black and White Ware. Transition of Cizhou Type Wares, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Osaka, 2002, cat. no. 52; and a fourth is published in Sekai toji zenshu[Ceramic Art of the World], vol. 10, Tokyo, 1955, pl. 92. Further related meiping include one carved with two rows of peony blooms, in the Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto, illustrated in ibid., pl. 94; another, but carved with broader petals above the foot and on the shoulders, sold in our New York rooms, 20th September 2000, lot 95; and a third with larger peony blossoms, illustrated in Masterpieces of Chinese and Korean Ceramics in the Ataka Collection, Tokyo, 1980, pl. 15.

Other examples of Cizhou sgraffiato meiping for comparison include one in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Wu Tung, Earth Transformed Chinese Ceramics in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, 2001, p. 63; one in the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection illustrated in Treasures of Asian Art: The Asia Society's Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, New York, 1994, p. 161, no. 154; one in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 3, pl. 1540; and two pieces currently exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated in Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pls 14 and 88. Also compare a Cizhou meiping sold in our New York rooms, 17th & 18th March 2015, lot 173. For a Cizhou meiping restored from fragments excavated in Liaoning province, see Ceramics Excavated at Yingzhoulu, Chaoyang, Beijing, 2011, front cover and pl. 74.

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