Lot 253. A small moulded Longquan celadon 'lotus' dish, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000. Price realised GBP 8,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
The gently rounded sides lightly moulded on the exterior with a band of upturned lotus petals, covered overall in a sea-green glaze stopping irregularly at the foot, the footrim unglazed and burnt slightly orange in the firing, fitted box.
Provenance: With Bluett & Sons, London.
Lot 254. A small Dingyao carved bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 5½ in. (14 cm.) diam.Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000. Price realised GBP 22,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
Of conical form, with finely potted flaring sides issuing from a narrow foot ring, beautifully carved in the interior with a series of gently curving, radiating spirals forming the flutes of a stylized blossom, the exterior plain, applied with a creamy white glaze of ivory tone darkening slightly to pale olive in the recesses of the carving and stopping short of the metal-bound rim, fitted box.
Provenance: Lord Cunliffe Collection, no. TT20.
Exhibited: Exhibition of Sung Dynasty Wares, The Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 9 November - 17 December 1949, no. 136.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 11 May 2010