A Jian 'hare's fur' tea bowl, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)


Lot 2812. A fine Jian 'hare's fur' tea bowl, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279); 5 in. (12.6 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 400,000Price realised HKD 475,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

The bowl is thickly potted with a narrow groove below the rim, covered overall with a lustrous black glaze streaked with fine ‘hare’s fur’ markings on the interior and exterior where the glaze stops above the foot exposing the chocolate-brown body. The mouth is bound with a metal mount, Japanese lacquered wood box.

ProvenanceCollection of Marquis Asano (1895 –1969), 29th family head of the Asano clan, and thence by descent within the family.

Exhibited: On loan to the Tokyo National Museum in 1951.

Note: Marquis Asano (1895 –1969) was the 29th head of the Asano family, which ruled as Daimyo of Hiroshima domain from the 16th century until 1871. Marquis Asano was a politician as well as an art historian, and became Director of the Tokyo National Museum in 1951.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 9 July 2020