Lot 644. A 'Cizhou' sgraffiato pillow, Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234). Width 12 in., 30.5 cm. Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's.
of bean form, the concave upper surface subtly sloped, the sides with foliate designs in low relief, covered overall in an ivory-colored glaze, the glaze cut away on the upper surface leaving a lush blossoming lotus bordered by a band of foliate scroll all in reserve, the central motif accented by the underlying layer of chocolate-brown glaze, two small apertures to the base.
Provenance: Collection of Stephen Junkunc III (d. 1978).
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 20 march 2019