Lot 1486. A pair of early celadon carved ovoid vases, Southern Song dynasty, 12th century; 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) highEstimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 12,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 

Of Lishui type, each tapering ovoid body is freely carved with a band of peony scroll bearing four blossoms set between petal bands below and on the shoulder below the cylindrical neck that rises to an out-turned rim. The vase is covered inside and out with a crackled, transparent olive-green glaze.

ProvenanceRuth Dreyfus Collection, Paris, 1970.
Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York.
Else Sackler Collection, and thence by descent within the family.

Exhibited: Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 3500 Years of Chinese Art: Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 9 July - 31 October 1987.

NoteThe designation of Lishui type refers to the shape, the heaviness of the potting and the deft, abbreviated carving of the design, as well as the translucency and olive color of the glaze, which are more like those of Northern celadon wares, rather than the opaque blue-green glaze of the Longquan celadons of the South, showing the early influence of Northern celadon wares on those of the South. Excavated shards of this type of ware come from a site within the Longquan district. A very similar vase was included in the exhibition, The Postan Collection of Early Chinese Ceramics, Bluett & Sons, London, 1972, no. 13. See, also, the similar vase from the Falk Collection sold at Christie's New York, 21 September 2001, lot 114.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of ArtNew York, 19 - 20 September 2013