A 'Jizhou' 'Tortoiseshell-glazed' tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty

Lot 3624. A 'Jizhou' 'Tortoiseshell-glazed' tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 11 cm., 4 3/8 in. Estimate 90,000 — 120,000 HKD. Lot sold 162,500 HKD. Photo Sotheby's

the deep rounded sides flaring out from a narrow flat foot, covered overall with a glossy dark brown glaze accented with random milky white splashes transmuting to a café-au-lait tone, all finishing just above the knife-pared foot, the base left unglazed revealing the buff body

Provenance: An old Japanese collection.

Note: The splashed decoration on this Jizhou tea bowl is rare, but closely related to a type known in Japan as 'speckled deer', where the decoration consists of more evenly spaced spots arranged in concentric circles. For a 'speckled deer' bowl in the Tokyo National Museum, see Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 10, Tokyo, 1955, pl. 64. Another example was sold in our London rooms, 19th June 2002, lot 27.

Sotheby'sContemporary Literati — A Gathering, Hong Kong, 07 april 2014