Lot 1127. A rare small molded Yaozhou conical bowl, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century; 4 ¼ in. (10.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 10,625 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The bowl is molded on the interior with two petal-rimmed jardinièresholding lotus bouquets, divided by two flower vases holding peony sprays, and is covered overall with a lustrous glaze of deep olive-green tone. 

ProvenanceKaikodo Ltd., New York, 6 September 1993.
Peter Scheinman (1932-2017) Collection, New York.

NoteThe design of flower-filled jardinières on this conical bowl is very rare. Although there appear to be no published comparable examples, this design can be seen on a biscuit model of a larger bowl found in a Yaozhou kiln site in Huangpu Township, Tongchuan City, and illustrated in Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji (Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China), Beijing, 2008, vol. 15, p. 148.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York