Lot 2216. A Yaozhou carved celadon bowl, Song Dynasty (960-1279); 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 260,000 - HKD 350,000Price realised HKD 300,000 © Christie’s Images Limited 2013

Of rounded conical form with a bowstring band below the rim on the exterior, the bowl is carved on the interior with a single lotus bloom borne on a scrolling leafy tendril below a faintly incised line border. The bowl is covered with an olive-green glaze with the exception of the unglazed foot.

NoteA Yaozhou celadon bowl carved with this design, in the Tokyo National Museum, is illustrated by J. Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, vol. II, Stockholm, 1970, pl. 9c, along with a bowl, formerly in the Eumorfopoulos Collection, pl. 9a, and another example, pl. 9b. 

Christie’s. Imperial Sale; Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall, 29 May 2013