Lot 391. A fine 'Yaozhou' five-lobed bowl, Five Dynasties-Northern Song Dynasty (907-1126); 6 in., 15.2 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Lot sold 72,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.
finely potted of conical form with the deeply rounded petals radiating out from a circular center, each rim delinated by a sharp notch at the rim and a raised edge separating the lobes, covered overall in an even pale celadon-green glaze stopping neatly before the knife-pared foot revealing the buff colored body.
Note: The present bowl is exceptional for its elegant shape and delicate thin potting. Bowls of this form were included in the exhibition The Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware, Yamaguchi Kenritsu Hagi Bijutsukan, Hagi, 1997, cat.nos. 20 and 21, together with two deeper bowls with similar foliate lip, cat.nos. 26 and 27, the former from the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, and the latter from the Yaozhou Ware Museum. The same exhibition also included a bowl of related form in brown glaze, from the Yaozhou Ware Museum, ibid., pl. 47.
Compare also a fragment of an early flower-shaped 'Yaozhou' bowl in the Yaozhou Ware Museum, ibid., pl. 140; and two bowls excavated from the tomb at Baixintun, Inner Mongolia, included in the exhibition Hoppa kiba minzoku bunbutsu ten, Tokyo, 1983, cat.no. 82, which were apparently found in a Liao context.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, including Property from the Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 19-20 march 2007