Lot 3047. A brown lacquer circular bowl stand, zhantuo, Song dynasty (960-1279); 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 100,000 - HKD 150,000. Price realised HKD 275,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
The cup stand is raised on a hollow splayed circular foot, supporting a circular flange with gently upturned edges bound with metal, encircling the plain globular receptacle rising to an incurved rim, covered entirely with lacquer of rich brownish black tone, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: Sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 26 November 2014, lot 2903
Note: The function of the bowlstand is very similar to that of a saucer. As steaming bowls of tea had no handles, they were placed on stands when served, so as not to burn the fingers of the recipient, and also to provide a stable support for bowls which often have narrow bases. A related example of a plain brown lacquer bowlstand, supported on a slightly higher foot ring, excavated in the Yixing district, Jiangsu province, is illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji Lacquerware, vol. 8, Beijing, 1989, no. 93.