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15 mars 2024

Song dynasty Yaozhou ceramics to be sold at Sotheby's New York, 19 March 2024

 

Lot 158. A rare 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed 'geese and peony' bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234). Diameter 15.7 cm, Japanese wood box (3). Estimate 12,000 - 18,000 USD. Lot Sold 16,510 USD. © Sotheby's 2024

 

Provenance: Susan Chen, Hong Kong, 22nd October 1993.
Marchant, London, 4th July 1994.
English Private Collection.

Exhibited: Chinese Ceramics Tang to Song, Marchant, London, 2022, cat. no. 34.

Note: The present design of two geese with a lotus bouquet in the center is extremely rare. See a related bowl, decorated with mandarin ducks amongst lotus flowers, illustrated in Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 78. A similar bowl, from the collection of Ueno Seiichi, is illustrated in Marvels of Celadon: The Shang Shan Tang Collection of Yaozhou Wares, Chicago, 2019, pl. 24. For a bowl decorated with two cranes amongst bamboo and plum blossoms, see one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Porcelain of the Song dynasty (I) vol. 32, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 107.

 

Lot 159. A rare 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed 'duck' lobed bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234). Diameter 12.8 cm, Japanese wood box (3). Estimate 20,000 - 30,000 USDLot Sold 88,900 USD. © Sotheby's 2024

 

Provenance: Collection of H.R.N. Norton (d.1961/62), no. 121.
Sotheby's London, 26th March 1963, lot 40.
Collection of Sture (1891-1986) and Valborg (1905-2003) Nydell.

Exhibited: Chinese Ceramics Tang to Song, Marchant, London, 2022, cat. no. 34.

Note: Delicately potted, the present bowl depicts a pair of ducks swimming between lotus leaves amongst a wave ground. See a closely related bowl in the Baur Foundation, Museum of Far Eastern Art, Geneva, illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. I, Geneva, 1986, pl. A26.

 

Lot 160. A rare small 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed jar and cover, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Height 9.2 cm, Japanese wood box (4). Estimate 5,000 -7,000 USDLot Sold 12,700 USD. © Sotheby's 2024

 

Lot 161. A molded 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed 'fish and wave' lobed bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Diameter 13 cm. Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 USDLot Sold 7,620 USD. © Sotheby's 2024

 

Provenance: Hong Kong Private Collection, acquired in the 1990s.

 

Lot 162. A carved 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed 'floral' bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Diameter 13.7 cm. Estimate 6,000 - 8,000 USDLot Sold 7,620 USD. © Sotheby's 2024

 

Provenance: Hong Kong Private Collection, acquired in the 1990s.

 

Lot 163. A 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed 'floral' bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Diameter 9.6 cm. Estimate 4,000 - 6,000 USDLot Sold 4,445 USD. © Sotheby's 2024

 

Provenance: Collection of Yutaka Hirota.

Note: See a closely related bowl from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, the World's Great Collections, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston vol. 11, 1976, monochrome pl. 156; another in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, illustrated in Mary Tregear, Song Ceramics, London, 1982, pl. 137; and lastly, one illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Porcelain of the Song dynasty (I) vol. 32, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 115.

 

Lot 164. A carved 'Yaozhou' celadon-glazed 'chrysanthemum' bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Diameter 18.8 cm. Estimate 7,000 - 9,000 USDLot Sold 15,240 USD. © Sotheby's 2024

 

Provenance: North American Private Collection.
Sotheby's New York, 23rd March 1998, lot 594.
Collection of Peter Scheinman (1932-2017).

Exhibited: Chinese Ceramics Han to Song, Marchant, London, 2018, cat. no. 19.

Note: A 'Yaozhou' dish of similar decoration, but with only two chrysanthemum flowerheads to the interior, formerly in the Seligman Collection, is in the British Museum, London, and illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, the World's Great Collections, British Museum, vol. 5, Tokyo, 1976, monochrome pl. 81; another, is in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and illustrated in He Li, Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey from the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, New York, 1996, pl. 251, alongside another related bowl carved to the interior, pl. 250.

 

Sotheby's. Chinese Art, New York19 March 2024

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