A fine and rare small purple-splashed 'Jun' censer, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234)

Lot 544. A fine and rare small purple-splashed 'Jun' censer, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234); diameter 4 1/8 in., 10.5 cmEstimate 80,000 — 120,000 USDLot sold 158,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the globular body with a short wide neck and flat everted rim supported on three short cabriole legs centered around a slightly countersunk circular base, applied with a fine pale blue glaze liberally splashed with three copper-red blushes transmuting from misty purple to intense pinkish red tone.

ProvenanceSotheby's New York, 19th September 2002, lot 79.

Note: Most Jun censers of this form are plain but there are a few notable examples with vivid copper splashes similar to the present piece. Compare, for instance, examples illustrated in Porcelain of the National Palace Museum, Chün Ware of the Sung Dynasty, Taipei, 1961, pls. 42a and b; another in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, is included in Chogoku toji zenshu, vol. 12, Kyoto, 1983, pl. 18; compare also a censer in the Meiyintang Collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. I, London, 1994, p. 223, no 394.

Sotheby's. Harmony of Form, Serenity of Color: A Private Collection of 'Song' Ceramics, New York, 23 march 2011