Lot 1006. A rare Qingbai 'willow basket' , Southern Song-Yuan dynasty (1127-1368); 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) diam. Estimate 8,000 - USD 12,000 USD. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
The exterior is finely incised with parallel lines forming concentric semi-circles on two sides. A row of iron-spot bosses encircles the shoulder between two incised lines. The jar is covered inside and out with a glaze of even pale blue color that ends in an irregular line around the unglazed, flat base which has burnt pale orange in the firing.
Property from a Princely Collection.
Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden.
Early Chinese White, Green and Black Wares; Sotheby's London, 14 May 2008, lot 317.
Literature: E. Engel, Chinese Ceramic Treasures: a selection from Ulricehamn East Asian Museum, including The Carl Kempe Collection, vol. 1, Ulricehamn, 2002, pl.76.
Exhibited: Ulricehamn, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Chinese Ceramic Treasures: a selection from Ulricehamn East Asian Museum, including The Carl Kempe Collection, 2002.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 September 2019