Lot 1. A Junyao dish, 12th century; 17.6cm (7in) diam. Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000 (€17,000 - 23,000). Sold for HK$ 175,000 (€ 20,762). Photo: Bonhams.
Elegantly potted with shallow sides supported on a carefully cut foot ring, applied overall with a lustrous lavender-blue glaze thinning to a mushroom tone at the extremities, wood box (3).
Notes: Jun ware, classified as one of the 'Five Classic Wares' of the Song dynasty, was produced primarily at a number of kilns in Henan province. The lavender-blue glaze on the present lot is subtly striking, exhibiting a sophistication and an elegant, restrained nature.
This lot can be compared to a group of twenty Junyao shallow dishes of similar size and shape excavated at Fangcheng county, Henan province in 1976, see Liu Yusheng and Ma Yanpeng, 'Henan sheng Fangcheng xian chutu yipi Songdai ciqi' in Wenwu, 1983, pp.92-94, no.3. Compare also a similar Junyao shallow dish dated to the Northern Song dynasty from the Robert Lehman Collection, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (accession no. 1975.1.1650).
Bonhams. AUCTION 23347: FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 10:00 HKT - HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY