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Lot 2801. A rare small Qingbai vase, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 5 ¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high, box. Price realised HKD 350,000 (Estimate HKD 60,000 - HKD 80,000)© Christie's 2021

The vase is raised on a spreading foot rising towards the globular body below the trumpet neck supporting a cup-shaped mouth. It is covered with a translucent glaze of aquamarine tone. 

A Qingbai zhadou, Northern Song dynasty

Lot 2802. A Qingbai zhadou, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 7 3⁄8 in. (18.9 cm.) diam., box. Price realised HKD 350,000 (Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 180,000)© Christie's 2021

The jar rises from a flat base towards a small globular body beneath a widely flared rim. The wide mouth is incised with a foliate scroll.

Exhibited: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, The Multiplicity of Simplicity - Monochrome wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties, 2012, no. 17.

A fine and rare Qingbai 'lotus' conical bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

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Lot 2803. A fine and rare Qingbai 'lotus' conical bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 7 in. (17.9 cm.) diam., boxPrice realised HKD 875,000 (Estimate HKD 240,000 - HKD 300,000)© Christie's 2021

The bowl is exquisitely potted with wide flaring sides rising from a small foot ring. The interior is delicately carved with lotus blossoms growing elegantly from undulating stems amid water weeds and flower heads. It is covered overall with a pale blue glaze appearing lucid in areas where it pools. 

Exhibited: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, The Multiplicity of Simplicity - Monochrome wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties, 2012, no. 2. 

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Lot 2805. A fine and rare Qingbai fish basket-form jar and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279); 3 1⁄2 in. (9 cm.) high, Japanese wood boxPrice realised HKD 93,750 (Estimate HKD 80,000 - HKD 100,000)© Christie's 2021

Potted in the form of a woven bamboo basket and lid, both are covered in a translucent glaze of pale aquamarine tone.

Provenance: A Japanese private collection.

A Qingbai foliate rim cup and cup stand, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 2806. A Qingbai foliate rim cup and cup stand, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 3 1⁄2 in. (9 cm.) high, Japanese wood box. Price realised HKD 225,000 (Estimate HKD 100,000 - HKD 150,000)© Christie's 2021

The cup has flared sides with six subtle petal-shaped lobes rising to a rim notched to conform to the lobed sides. The stand is potted with a central two-tiered platform, recessed at the top, all raised on a slightly splayed foot decorated with ruyi-form apertures. Both are covered with a translucent glaze of aquamarine tone.

Note: Compare an almost identical Qingbai cup and cup stand illustrated by J. Ayers in The Baur Collection - Chinese Ceramics, volume 1, Geneva, 1968, plate no. A 120 and also illustrated on the front cover.

A rare Qingbai octogonal 'prunus' meiping and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 2807. A rare Qingbai octogonal 'prunus' meiping and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279); 7 1⁄4 in. (18.5 cm.) high, boxPrice realised HKD 437,500 (Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000)© Christie's 2021

Both the vase and cover are of conforming octagonal shape and each facet is relief moulded with a prunus spray. The glaze of pale blue tone.

Exhibited: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, The Multiplicity of Simplicity - Monochrome wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties, 2012, no. 15.

Note: Comparable qingbai octagonal vases with similar moulded decoration include one illustrated in Porcelain Collected by Anhui Province Museum, Beijing, 2002, p. 78, no. 62; the vase illustrated in Chinas Jingdezhen Porcelain through the Ages, Beijing, 1998, p. 226; the example sold at Christie’s New York, 20 September 2005, lot 234; and another from Linyushanren Collection, sold at Christie’s New York, 15 September 2016, lot 728.

A rare qingbai lotus-form cup and cup stand, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

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Lot 2808. A rare qingbai lotus-form cup and cup stand, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); Cup stand: 7 in. (17.7 cm.) diam., boxesPrice realised HKD 350,000 (Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 180,000)© Christie's 2021

The cup is well potted with petal-lobed sides, above a lotus blossom to the central medallion. The cup stand is moulded to the top with overlapping lotus petals. Both are covered in an attractive even greenish-blue glaze. The rims are bound in metal.

A rare qingbai censer, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 2809. A rare qingbai censer, Song dynasty (960-1279); 4 3⁄4 in. (12.1 cm.) high, boxPrice realised HKD 437,500 (Estimate HKD 240,000 - HKD 300,000)© Christie's 2021

The censer is potted with a flat everted mouth and a u-shaped body rising from a pagoda-like base. The upper section of the base is modelled with a stylised chrysanthemum-form skirt. It is covered with a pale bluish-white glaze.

Exhibited: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, The Multiplicity of Simplicity - Monochrome wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties, 2012, no. 18.

Note: During the Song dynasty, burning incense became a scholarly pursuit, and was practiced in small interior settings. Exquisite incense burners, such as the present example, are most suitable for use in a scholar’s studio. In the Northern Song painting Tingqin tu in the Palace Museum, Beijing, the main figure sits next to a xiangji on which a small censer, reminiscent of the present example, is seen burning incense. According to some scholars, this figure is probably Emperor Huizong himself.

Compare a large qingbai censer of similar form in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, illustrated in the Oriental Ceramics: the Worlds Great Collections, vol. 1: Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1982, no. 65.

A fine and rare qingbai 'dragon' vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

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Lot 2810. A fine and rare qingbai 'dragon' vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 8 1⁄4 in. (20.8 cm.) high, Japanese wood boxPrice realised HKD 600,000 (Estimate HKD 180,000 - HKD 250,000)© Christie's 2021

The globular vase with gently lobed sides divided by double ribs, is applied with a relief moulded dragon coiled around the neck, extending to the shoulder. The glaze of pale blue tone.

Provenance: A Japanese private collection.

A rare large carved qingbai ‘peony’ bowl, Norhern Song dynasty (960-1127)

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Lot 2811. A rare large carved qingbai ‘peony’ bowl, Norhern Song dynasty (960-1127); 9 3⁄8 in. (23.8 cm.) diam., boxPrice realised HKD 162,500 (Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 250,000)© Christie's 2021

The bowl is formed with a slightly everted foliate rim and is freely carved to the interior with two peonies and scrolling branches while the central medallion features a leafy spray. It is covered in an attractive pale glaze with a bluish tinge which pools within the crevices of the decoration, stopping at the mouth rim to expose the fine white body.

ProvenanceAn important Hong Kong family collection, acquired in the 1970's.

ExhibitedUniversity Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, The Multiplicity of Simplicity - Monochrome wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties, 2012, no. 5.

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Lot 2812. A rare qingbai meiping and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279); 8 3⁄4 in. (22.5 cm.) high, boxPrice realised HKD 4,375,000 (Estimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 700,000)© Christie's 2021

Both the vase and cover are covered with a translucent glaze of a lustrous bluish tone, the glaze on the vase ending above the foot revealing the white biscuit body.

ExhibitedChugoku meito ten: Chugoku toji 2000-nen no seika (Exhibition of Chinese Pottery: Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics), Tokyo, 1992, p. 58
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, The Multiplicity of Simplicity - Monochrome wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties, 2012, no. 13 (one of two).

Christie's. The Songde Tang Collection - Song Dynasty Ceramics, Hong Kong, 3 december 2021