A small Junyao purple-splashed 'bubble' bowl, Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century

Lot 1317. A small Junyao purple-splashed 'bubble' bowl, Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century; 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) diamEstimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000Price realised USD 104,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.

The rounded sides rising from the tapered foot to the slightly incurved mouth rim, covered inside and out with an opaque glaze of pale milky blue tone thinning to mushroom color at the rim and enhanced with dark purple splashes on the interior and exterior, with a small splash of pale blue glaze on the interior of the small unglazed footwood stand.

ProvenanceMrs. Wilson P. Foss Collection; Christie's, New York, 23-24 June 1983, lot 98.
Greenwald Collection no. 28.

Literature: Gerald M. Greenwald, The Greenwald Collection, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1996, no. 28.

Note: This well-proportioned bowl with its thick, lavender-blue glaze typifies the elegant simplicity of Jun wares. Control of both temperature and duration of firing was crucial to both the color and texture of Jun glazes, and had to be finely judged by the kiln master.

A similarly glazed bowl of the exact same size in the collection of the Percival David Foundation is illustrated by Stacey Pierson in Song Ceramics: Objects of Admiration, London, 2003, p. 61, pl. 20.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011