Lot 21. A Junyao jar and a Junyao bowl, Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368); 14cm (5 1/2in) wide. Estimate £ 3,000-5,000. Sold for £ 8,812 (€ 9,859). Photo: Bonhams.
The bowl well potted with steep sides rising from a slightly tapered foot to a slightly-incurved rim, covered with a pale lavender-blue glaze thinning to a buff colour at the rim and pooling around the unglazed brown foot. 21.3cm (8 3/8in) diam.; the globular jar supported on a short foot, the short wide neck flanked by two loop handles, covered with a pale blue glaze draining from the rim to reveal the russet body beneath and stopping irregularly above the foot to reveal the pale buff body.
Provenance: a European private collection, and thence by descent
The jar, with George Eumorfopoulos label no.872.
George Eumorfopoulos (1863-1939), well-known for his exceptional art collection, was one of the founders of the Oriental Ceramic Society in London. His extensive art-collecting activities led him to expand his Chelsea home, which he later converted into a museum, to better accommodate the objects. He commissioned a catalogue of his collection, which comprised eleven volumes, including six volumes written by renowned Chinese works of art scholar R.L.Hobson, The Eumorfopoulos Collection, vol.I-VI, London, 1925-1928
Note: Compare with a similar Junyao jar, but with purple splashes, also from the George Eumorfopoulos collection, illustrated by R.L.Hobson, The Eumorfopoulos Collection, vol.III, London, 1926, pl.XXII, no.B.80.