A molded Yaozhou celadon bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century

Lot 1321. A molded Yaozhou celadon bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 11th-12th century; 8 1/8 in. (20.5 cm.) diamEstimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000Price realised USD 6,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.

With deep flared sides rising to the rounded rim, molded in the interior with a central leafy spray beneath a border of peony scroll in the cavetto, with a grooved band above the short foot on the exterior, covered overall with an olive-green glaze, the unglazed foot burnt brown in the firing.

Note: The peony was a particularly popular decorative motif on Yaozhou wares, where the numerous petals conveyed the wish for abundant wealth.

Compare the similar bowl with peony design of slightly smaller size, but with very similar carving of the petal lappets on the exterior, in the collection of The Satoh Art Craft Research and Scholarship Foundation, included in the exhibition, The Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware, Osaka, 1997, p. 49, no. 63.

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