Lot 834. A rare Longquan celadon jar, Song-Yuan dynasty (960-1366); 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) diam. Estimate: USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 12,500. © Christie's 2021
The jar has a squat, compressed globular body and is covered with a glaze of soft bluish-green color.
Provenance: Postan Collection, no. 103 (according to label).
Bluett and Sons, London (according to label).
Blitz Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Amsterdam, 2006.
Note: Located at Huangpuzhen, Tongchuanxian, Shaanxi province, the Yaozhou kilns began production of a wide range of wares during the Tang dynasty. The kilns were well placed to use water transportation to the Northern Song capital at Kaifeng, and it is recorded that Yaozhou wares were presented as tribute to the Northern Song court. Both the official Song history and other literary sources mention such tribute gifts. For instance, the official gazetteer during the Yuanfeng era (1078-1085), Yuanfeng jiuyu zhi, mentions fifty sets of tribute ceramics sent to the court from Yaozhou. A Yaozhou celadon bowl carved with a related design, formerly in the Eumorfopoulos Collection and now in the Tokyo National Museum, is illustrated by J. Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, vol. II, Stockholm, 1970, pl. 9a.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 23-24 september 2021