A 'Qingbai' lobed ewer and cover, Song dynasty

Lot 203. A 'Qingbai' lobed ewer and cover, Song dynasty. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.

well-potted with an eight-lobed body rising to a tall cylindrical neck flaring at the rim, set on one side with a slender, curving spout opposite a strap handle with a small ring at the top corresponding to a ring on the circular concave fitted cover with a floral bud knop, decorated with a low horizontal ridge at the base of the neck, and an incised band just below the rim, with a lightly incised series of lines around the mid-section of the body and a leaf-form freely carved at the base of the spout, covered overall with a transparent pale blue glaze pooling to a darker tone within the recesses, the base and footrim unglazed, Japanese wood box (6). Height 6 3/4  in., 17.3 cm

Property from the collection of David and Nayda Utterberg

ProvenancePurchased in Tokyo, 1985. 

NoteInspired by Near and Middle Eastern glass and metal prototypes, this ewer is a fine example of one of the best and most classic of Qingbai wares. A related ewer was excavated from a Song tomb at Yanshan near Shaowu in Fujian province, and is illustrated in Kaogu, 1981:5, pl. 11, fig. 8. Published examples of this form include one illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 417; another in Song Ceramics from the Kwan Collection, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1994, cat. no. 118; and one in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated in Rose Kerr, Song Dynasty Ceramics, London, 2004, pl. 97. 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 16 mars 2016, 10:00 AM