Lot 807. A Cizhou black-glazed bowl with white rim, Song dynasty (960-1279); 4 ¼ in. (10.8 cm.)Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000Price realised USD 6,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.

The conical bowl is covered in a thick, glossy black glaze ending irregularly above the exposed buff pottery foot, and the rim is covered with a band of white slip under a clear glaze, Japanese double wood box.


Japanese double wood box.

ProvenanceKochukyo, Tokyo.

Note: Compare the very similar bowl from the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, illustrated by R. Mowry in Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Harvard University Art Museums, 1996, pp. 132-33, no. 31, where the author states that the white rim on bowls of this type was inspired by the silver bands affixed to Ding and other 'aristocratic' wares of the Song dynasty. The author further notes that this practice of imitating silver or gold bands on ceramic vessels began at least as early as the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220).

Christie's. Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware: The Linyushanren Collection Part IV. New York, 13 September 2018