A Jizhou paper-cut resist-decorated tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century

Lot 743. A Jizhou paper-cut resist-decorated tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century; 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) diam. Estimate $4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realized $8,750© Christie’s Image Ltd 2014.

The interior is decorated in resist technique with paper-cut decoration of three diamond-shaped flower heads reserved in brown against the variegated, milky buff ground. The exterior is covered in a 'tortoiseshell' glaze of dark brown color mottled in beige falling short of a knife-cut edge above the low, narrow ring foot, Japanese wood box.

Provenance: A Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1990s.

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