Lot 620. A small carved 'Yaozhou' box and cover, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Diameter 3 in., 7.6 cm. Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000. Lot Sold 35,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
of circular section, the box with low straight sides rising from a shallow lower body set over a straight foot, the cover with similar straight sides and a gently domed top, the top carved with a blossoming peony, the lush petals and leaves deftly carved and incised with sweeping comb patterns, covered overall in a translucent olive-colored glaze save for the interior burnt pale orange from firing (2).
From the Collection of Robert Youngman
Exhibited: Inaugural Exhibition of the Robert F. Reiff Gallery of Asian Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont, September 2005.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 20 march 2019