A rare small Yaozhou celadon carved ewer, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234)

Lot 1170. A rare small Yaozhou celadon carved ewer, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234)3¼ in. (8.2 cm.) across. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 135,750© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The upright sides of the cylindrical body are well carved with two peony sprays below a band of overlapping petals on the canted shoulder that radiate from the base of the small mouth which is flanked by a short spout on one side and a looped, strap handle on the other. The vessel is covered with a clear glaze of dark olive-green color that falls to the edge of the flat, unglazed base.

Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.
The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned 1962.

LiteratureThe Raymond A. Bidwell Collection of Chinese Bronzes and Ceramics, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1965, p. 71.

Exhibited: China Institute in America, New York, Early Chinese Miniatures, 15 March - 29 May 1977, no. 204.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 21 - 22 March 2013, New York, Rockefeller Center