Lot 2216. A Yaozhou carved celadon bowl, Song Dynasty (960-1279); 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 260,000 - HKD 350,000. Price 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.
Note: A 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