A rare large green junyao bowl. Song - Jin dynasty, 12th/13th century

The deep rounded sides covered inside and out with an unctuous olive-green crackled glaze thinning to a light mushroom tone at the rim, the unglazed foot rim burnt brown in the firing; 8 5/8 in. (21.8 cm.) diam.  Est. £6,000 - £8,000

Provenance: The Lindberg Collection; Sotheby's London, 12 December 1978, lot 196.
The Plesch Collections (Ch22).

Literature: John Ayers, Margaret Medley, Nigel Wood, Iron in the Fire, London 1988, no. 26, p. 45.

Exhibited: Iron in the Fire: the Chinese Potters' Exploration of Iron Oxide Glazes, The Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford, organized by The Oriental Ceramic Society, 10 May - 19 June 1988, no. 26.

Notes: A similar green Junyao bowl from the Barlow Collection was exhibited 'Arts of the Song Dynasty', The Arts Council of Great Britain and The Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 16 June - 23 July 1960, no. 56.


A junyao pear-shaped vase, yuhuchunping. Jin/Yuan dynasty (1115-1368)

Delicately potted standing on a short straight-cut foot, the swollen body with a tall neck ending on a flaring rim, covered overall in a light-blue glaze and attractively splashed purple in one area. 8 in. (20.4 cm.) high - Est. £4,000 - £6,000

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