Lot 3104. A rare pale celadon-glazed shallow bowl, dated by inscription to Wanli cyclical Xinmao year, corresponding to 1591 and of the period; 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 240,000 - HKD 350,000. Price realised HKD 525,000. © Christie's Images Ltd
The shallow bowl is potted with rounded sides rising from slightly tapering foot to flaring rims. It is covered inside and out with a glaze of celadon tone, thinning towards the rims and stopping neatly around the foot. The base is glazed in white, fitted cloth box.
Provenance: A Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1980s.
Four similar examples with the same pale celadon glaze and underglazed blue eight-character mark on the base are known., These include one from the Eumorfopoulos Collection, illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pl. II:I80, p.344; one from the Schiller Collection at the Bristol Museums and Art Gallery, object number N2647; one from the Axel and Nora Lundgren Collection in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm with an inventory number ÖM-1977-0098, published in Jan Wirgin, Chinese Ceramics from the Axel and Nora Lundgren Bequest, BMFEA, Stockholm, 1978; and the last from the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art which is illustrated in Monochrome Ceramics of Mind and Ch’ing Dynasties, Hong Kong, pl. 57, p. 63.
Bowl with celadon glaze, Ming dynasty, Wanli period, dated equivalent to AD 1591. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue inscription, celadon glaze, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, 5,4 x 16,. cm. On loan from Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, PDF A523. © Trustees of the British Museum.
Bowl, porcelain, celadon glaze, Ming dynasty, Wanli period (1573-1619). Diameter: 13,5 cm. Axel och Nora Lundrens stiftelse, ÖM-1977-0098 ©2018 Östasiatiska Museet.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 30 May 2018