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Lot 40. A Jun Purple-Splashed cup and cup-stand, Song Dynasty (960-1279); 7.7cm, 3in. Estimate 5,000—7,000 GBPLot Sold 18,750 GBP. Photo Sotheby's 2011

the cup with deep rounded sides rising from a short foot, the cupstand with a small deep cup resting on a broad gallery flaring up slightly, all supported on a high unglazed foot, both covered in a pale sky blue glaze liberally splashed with pale purple.

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Lot 41. A black-glazed bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 12.7cm, 5in., diam. Estimate 4,000—6,000 GBPLot Sold 5,000 GBPPhoto Sotheby's 2011

the deep conical sides rising from a small foot to a slightly flaring rim, covered with a lustrous black glaze thinning to a metallic-blue tone at the crisply cut light-brown rim, the black glaze extending and pooling down the underside, stopping short of the foot to reveal the pale stoneware body.

Lot 42. A Ding-type ewer, Song Dynasty (960-1279); 18.7cm, 7 3/8 in. Estimate 8,000—12,000 GBP. Lot Sold 16,250 GBP. Photo Sotheby's 2011

Lot 42. A Ding-type ewer, Song Dynasty (960-1279); 18.7cm, 7 3/8 in. Estimate 8,000—12,000 GBPLot Sold 16,250 GBP. Photo Sotheby's 2011

the rounded body shaped into eight lobes rising from a short foot to a tall cylindrical neck, the angled shoulders set with a strap handle and a cylindrical spout issuing from a dragon head, covered overall in an ivory glaze infused with a subtle network of golden brown crack.

Provenance: Collection of Rt. Hon. Lord Rolf Cunliffe.

Exhibited: Sung Dynasty Wares: Ting, Ying Ch'ing and T'zu Chou, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1949, cat. no. 17.

Lot 43. A group of five small Qingbai figures, Song Dynasty (960-1279); the largest: 5.7cm, 2 1/4 in. Estimate 3,000—5,000 GBP. Lot Sold 3,750 GBP. Photo Sotheby's 2011

Lot 43. A group of five small Qingbai figures, Song Dynasty (960-1279); the largest: 5.7cm, 2 1/4 in. Estimate 3,000—5,000 GBPLot Sold 3,750 GBPPhoto Sotheby's 2011

comprising three boys, one depicted with a lock of hair on his forehead lying recumbent on his front, the other seated with two arms holding his raised right leg and the third seated with hands held up to his mouth in a manner of shouting; and two dogs, each lying recumbent with one hind limb raised and tail curled around its rear haunches, its front paws folded to its chest, all covered with a transparent bluish glaze, the bases left unglazed.

Lot 44. A Guan-type bowl, Song Dynasty (960-1279); 12.7cm., 5in, diam. Estimate 6,000—8,000 GBP. Lot Sold 6,250 GBP. Photo Sotheby's

Lot 44. A Guan-type bowl, Song Dynasty (960-1279); 12.7cm., 5in, diam. Estimate 6,000—8,000 GBPLot Sold 6,250 GBP. Photo Sotheby's

the flaring sides rising from a short foot to a spreading lipped rim, covered overall with bluish-green crackled glaze.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 11 May 11, London