A small green Junyao bowl, Song-Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century

Lot 706. A small green Junyao bowl, Song-Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century; 4¼ in. (11 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 4,000. Price realised USD 12,500. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

The sides of the bowl flare out from the foot and then round upwards to the rim. Except for an unglazed area in the center of the interior which burned brown in the firing, the bowl is covered inside and out with a glaze of dark olive-green color that also covers the inside of the foot. 

Provenance: Anna Ilsley Ball Kneeland (1865-1955), New York, acquired 1918-1931, and thence by descent within the family.

Exhibited: On loan: Yale University Art Gallery, 1955 to April 2014.

Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza