A 'jun' ovoid jar, Jin dynasty (1115-1234)

Lot 81. A 'jun' ovoid jar, Jin dynasty (1115-1234); height 4 in., 10.2 cm; widest 5 1/4 in., 13.3 cmEstimate USD 10,000 — 15,000. Lot sold USD 12,500© Sotheby's.

 the globular body tapering down to a slightly flared foot, with a short upright neck supporting the generously wide mouth rim, an unctuous glaze of sky-blue tone applied to the interior and exterior, stopping evenly mid-foot and thinning on the rim to reveal the mushroom-colored body, the fine ware, revealed at the foot rim, burnt a caramel color in the firing, the recessed base covered with a pool of glaze.

A 'jun' 'lotus bud' jar and cover, Jin dynasty (1115-1234)

Lot 82. A 'jun' 'lotus bud' jar and cover, Jin dynasty (1115-1234); height 4 in., 10.2 cm; widest 5 1/4 in., 13.3 cm. Estimate USD 20,000 — 30,000. Lot sold USD 41,800© Sotheby's.

the delicately potted bud-shaped body swelling at the bottom atop a low straight foot, the flat cover with a slightly curved edge encircling the bud finial rising from the recessed central well, applied overall with a thick lavender-blue glaze, the knife-pared foot rim burnt to a light caramel color in the firing (2).

Note: 'Jun' waterpots of this elegant 'lotus bud' form can be found in many important collections; for example see one in the Royal Ontario Museum illustrated in Henry Trubner, The Far Eastern Collection, Toronto, 1968, p. 60, fig. 74; and another, from the collection of Frederick Knight, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 18th May 1982, lot 17, also with a cover. See also a waterpot with pale blue glaze and of similar proportions to the present example, in the British Museum, London, published in Basil Grey, Early Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1952, pl. 82B; and one without a cover, sold in these rooms, 20th March 1976, lot 92. 

Sotheby'sFine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art, New York, 18 March 2008