Lot 5013. A Yaozhou celadon carved 'floral' ewer, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); h. 24.7 cm, with Japanese wood box. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD. Lot sold: 60,480 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
The dating of this lot is consistent with the result of a thermoluminescence test, Oxford Authentication Ltd., P120g3.
Provenance: Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, 2011.
Note: Another Yaozhou ewer of this form was sold in our London rooms, 10th May 2017, lot 191.
Lot 191. A 'Yaozhou' carved ewer, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 21.5 cm, 8 7/16 in. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP. Sold 50,000 GBP at Sotheby's London, 10th May 2017, lot 191. Photo: Sotheby's.
A ewer of similar cylindrical form and two loop handles on the shoulder, in the Yaozhou Ware Museum at Huangpu in Tongchuan, Shaanxi province, was included in the exhibition The Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware, The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 1997, cat. no. 73, together with a jar carved with a similar floral motif, cat. no. 74; two ewers are illustrated in Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Design, Stockholm, 1970, pl. 3a-b, the first in the Baur collection in Geneva, and the second, of slightly broader proportions, from the Avery Brundage collection in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; and a third example of similar form but carved with a different floral motif, in the Meiyintang collection, is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 1, London, 1994, pl. 423. Compare also a jar decorated with large blooms, included in the exhibition Song Ceramics from the Kwan Collection, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1994, cat. no. 79.
Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online, including a Private Hong Kong Collection, Hong Kong, 2 July 2021