Lot 7. A carved 'Yaozhou' celadon 'Lotus' bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 15 cm, 5 7/8 in. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's
finely potted with deep rounded sides supported on a straight foot, crisply carved around the exterior with four rows of overlapping petals resembling a lotus flower, applied overall with an attractive olive-green glaze pooling to a deeper tone in the recessed areas stopping around the foot, the neatly cut footrim left unglazed revealing a smooth light grey ware.
Property from the Rui Xiu Lou Collection.
Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 26th November 2014, lot 3202.
Note: Crisply carved on the exterior with rows of lotus petals, bowls of this type were made at the Yaozhou kilns at Huangpu, Tongchuan, Shaanxi province from the Five Dynasties period (907-960) through the middle of the Song dynasty (960-1279). A closely related bowl in the Meiyintang collection, is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 3 (II), London, 2006, pl. 147, together with a slightly larger one, pl. 1477; and another in the British Museum, London, is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics. The World’s Great Collections, Tokyo, 1981, vol. 5, pl. 80. See also two bowls of this type recovered from the Yaozhou kiln site, illustrated in Songdai Yaozhou yaozhi [The Yaozhou kiln site of the Song period], Beijing, 1998, col. pl. IV, fig. 1 and pl. 19, fig. 5; and another excavated in Pin county, Shaanxi province, illustrated in Yaoci tulu [Catalogue of Yao ware], Beijing, 1956, pl. 12.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 15 may 2019, 10:30 AM