Lot 169. A 'Jizhou' 'papercut' teabowl, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Diameter 4 5/8 in., 11.6 cm . Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 21,250 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.
the deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to an indented slightly everted rim, the interior with papercut-resist decoration of thirteen dark brown plum blossom florets, one central the others scattered evenly over the surface, all on a lively grayish-blue speckled ground draining from the rim to a pale amber, the exterior applied with rich brown glaze falling short of the unglazed foot.
Note: It is rare to find this type of bowl with the cut-out florets on a pale ground. A similar example recovered at the kiln site is illustrated in Peng Ming Han, Jizhou Kiln, Beijing, 2007, no. 42.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art, New York, 17 march 2015