A rare Guan - type 'Longquan' celadon Zhadou, Song Dynasty

Lot 33. A rare Guan-type 'Longquan' celadon Zhadou, Song Dynasty (960-1279). Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USDLot sold 72,000 USD. © Sotheby's.

gracefully potted, with a compressed globular body resting on a tall straight foot and rising to a broad neck and flared mouth, applied overall with a suberb thick blue-green kinuta glaze with a satin texture suffused with bubbles; 6 1/4 in., 15.9 cm

NoteLongquan celadon zhadou attributed to the Song dynasty are an extremely rare form for this ware, and the present zhadou, or slop bowl, appears to be the largest example published. The coherence of the potting, with the dynamic wide-flaring mouth, is remarkable, and the glaze retains the pale bluish tints in the celadon that are characteristic of Southern Song examples.

lmost all the very few other extant examples are half this size, and one in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum is illustrated inLongquan Celadon of China, Hangzhou, 1998, pl. 70. Another discovered among a group of Song ceramics excavated at Lueyang, Shaanxi province, is illustrated in Wenwu, 1976, no.11, pl. 6, fig. 5; and a third is included in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 474. A guan type Longquan celadon zhadou was sold in our London rooms, 12th December 1989, lot 263, and another is illustrated by Krahl, Yuegutang. A Collection of Chinese Ceramics in Berlin, Berlin, 2000, no.226, of very similar proportions to the present lot, but only half the size. Fragments of these smaller zhadourecovered from kilnsites at Dayao, Longquan county, Zhejiang province, are illustrated in Longquan qingci yanjiu, Beijing, 1989, pl.6, fig.5, with a line drawing, p.57, fig.11(2). The latter examples appear to have much greener and slightly inferior crackled glazes.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 31 mars 2005