A Junyao bud-shaped jar, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234)

Lot 1173. A Junyao bud-shaped jar, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234)3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 68,750© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The jar has a broad, bulbous body that tapers towards the rim and is covered overall with a crackle-suffused glaze of finely mottled, pale, milky blue color that thins to mushroom on the mouth rim and falls in a thick irregular line onto the unglazed foot which has burnt reddish in the firing.

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

Note: A similar junyao jar was included in the Exhibition of Archaeological Treasures Excavated in the People's Republic of China, Tokyo, 1973, no. 233. Other published examples include: J. Ayers, Baur Collection, vol. I, Geneva, no. A 30; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, the World's Great Collections, Tokyo, 1980, vol. 10, no. 167; two illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. I, London, 1994, p. 223, nos. 392 and 393; one in Fire and Earth: Early Chinese Ceramics (3500 B.C. - 1400 A.D.) in the Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, 2008, pp. 148-49, no. 106; and one from the Collection of Robert Chang, sold at Christie's New York, 21 March 2002, lot 150.

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