Lot 209. A Black-Glazed 'Oil-Spot' Bowl, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty. Estimate US$ 30,000 — 50,000. Photo Sotheby's
delicately potted with an incurved rim, supported on a short foot ring, covered with an unctuous black-brown glaze painted with irregular metallic purplish 'oil-spots', stopping short of the foot to leave an unglazed area covered with a dark purplish-brown slip, Japanese wood box (3) - Diameter 3 3/4 in., 9.5 cm
Property from the collection of David and Nayda Utterberg
Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 1990.
Notes: Compare similar black-glazed 'oil-spot' bowls illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Geneva, 1999, vol. 1, pls 29 and 30; a pair included in the exhibition Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers. Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 1996, cat. nos 43a and b; a single bowl from the Ryoko-in Temple, Kyoto, illustrated in Chugoku no toji: Temmoku, Tokyo, 1999, pl. 24; and a single bowl from the collection of Hirota Matsushige, published in the Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Chinese Ceramics I, Tokyo, 1988, pl. 610. A shallow oil-spot bowl attributed to Shanxi in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelain of the Song Dynasty, Vol. 1, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 204.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 16 Mar 2016, 10:00 AM