A russet-splashed black-glazed bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century


Lot 1133. A russet-splashed black-glazed bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century, 4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000Price realised USD 20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The slightly rounded conical sides rise to the gently everted rim, and the interior is covered with a black glaze splashed with russet markings that thins to russet on the rim. The exterior is covered with a matte russet skin falling short of the shallow ring foot.

ProvenanceSteven Junkunc III Collection.
Christie's New York, 21 September 1995, lot 180.
Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Breece III; Christie's New York, 18 September 2003, lot 251. 
Peter Scheinman (1932-2017) Collection, New York.

NoteThe glaze on this bowl is a very successful example of the Song dynasty dark brown, iron-rich glaze with russet splashes that contain an even higher percentage of iron. Such glazes developed from earlier Tang glazes, but the Song potters utilized more refined raw materials and higher firing temperatures to achieve greater contrast and control. See N. Wood, Chinese Glazes - Their Origins, Chemistry and Recreations, London/Philadelphia, 1999, p. 142. 

Compare the similar russet-splashed black-glazed bowl from the Edward T. Chow Collection, sold at Sotheby Parke-Bernet, 16 December 1980, lot 256. See, also, the bowl covered with a similar black glaze accented with russet splashes from the Falk Collection, sold at Christie's New York, 20 September 2001, lot 82.

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