Lot 2093. A Yaozhou persimmon-glazed conical bowl, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127); 5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
The bowl has widely flared sides that rise from the small knife-cut foot to the very slightly everted rim, and is covered allover with a glaze of rich reddish-brown color that thins on the rim and also covers the base, Japanese wood box.
Note: Although the Yaozhou kilns are most commonly associated with celadon-glazed wares, a small number of fine persimmon-glazed Yaozhou wares have been preserved. A persimmon-glazed bowl with slightly more rounded sides was included in the major exhibition of Yaozhou ware at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, in 1997, and is illustrated in The Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware, Tokyo, 1997, p. 44, no. 56.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014