A fine and rare Longquan celadon ‘goose and reeds’ shallow bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 2818. A fine and rare Longquan celadon ‘goose and reeds’ shallow bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 10 in. (25.6 cm.) diam., Japanese wood boxPrice realised HKD 225,000 (Estimate HKD 180,000 - HKD 250,000). © Christie's 2021

The central medallion depicts a single goose flying amidst reeds, clenching a branch in its beak, encircled by a border of scrolling foliage on the cavetto. The exterior is decorated with two bands of lotus petals radiating upwards from the foot. It is covered inside and out with a glaze of a lustrous bluish-celadon tone.

Provenance: A Japanese private collection.

Exhibited: Sun Museum, Of Mist and Lushly Green, Longquan Celadon from Song to Ming Dynasties, Hong Kong, 2016, no. 1.

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Lot 2819. A fine small Longquan celadon drum-form jar and cover, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 3 in. (7.7 cm.) diam., box, Japanese wood boxPrice realised HKD 437,500 (Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000). © Christie's 2021

Both sides of the jar are applied with moulded flower and ring handle appliqués with a ring of raised bosses to the lid and base. It is covered with a glaze of powder-green tone.

Provenance: An Important Hong Kong family collection, acquired in the 1970s.

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. 78.

 

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Lot 2820. A rare Longquan celadon octagonal ‘eight trigrams’ tripod censer, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 4 1⁄8 in. (10.5 cm.) high, boxPrice realised HKD 150,000 (Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 200,000). © Christie's 2021

Each section of the facetted body is moulded with the Eight Trigrams within square borders, all above a band of flames , and encircled by lotus petals at the base.

A small Longquan celadon vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 2821. A small Longquan celadon vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 5 5⁄8 in. (14.4 cm.) high, boxPrice realised HKD 300,000 (Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000). © Christie's 2021

The vase is moulded with a central peony meander above a band of upright petals, the neck flanked by a pair of ring handles. It is covered overall in an attractive glaze of rich blue-green tone.

Provenance: The Edward T. Chow Collection, Part Two, sold at Sotheby's London, 16 December 1980, lot 297.

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. 67.

A very rare Longquan celadon 'phoenix' vase, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

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Lot 2822. A very rare Longquan celadon 'phoenix' vase, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 12 3⁄4 in. (32.3 cm.) high, boxPrice realised HKD 687,500 (Estimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 800,000). © Christie's 2021

The ribbed neck is flanked by a pair of moulded phoenixes above the baluster body, carved in relief with four registers of overlapping lotus petals. The lotus petals are detailed with finely incised lines denoting the veining of the leaves. It is covered overall with a pale green glaze with a slight yellow tint.

Provenance: An old English collection, acquired in the early 1970s.

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. 64.

A Longquan celadon handled cup, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

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Lot 2823. A Longquan celadon handled cup, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 4 3⁄8 in. (11.3 cm.) wide, boxPrice realised HKD 150,000 (Estimate HKD 80,000 - HKD 120,000). © Christie's 2021

The vessel is applied along one edge of the rim with a bracket-shaped flange above a loop ring handle. It is covered overall under a glaze of bluish-celadon colour with some smoky tones.

Provenance: An English family collection, acquired in the 1970s.

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. 51.

A very rare Longquan celadon 'peony' box and cover, Song-Yuan dynasty (960-1368)

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Lot 2824. A very rare Longquan celadon 'peony' box and cover, Song-Yuan dynasty (960-1368); 6 3⁄4 in, (17 cm.) diam., boxPrice realised HKD 687,500 (Estimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000). © Christie's 2021

Of circular form, the cover is carved with an elaborated peony spray, covered overall with an attractive green glaze stopping short of the rims and the ring foot of the box where it reveals the unglazed body.

Provenance: An English family collection, acquired in the 1980s.

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. 77
Sun Museum, Celestial Cases- Antique Boxes of China, Hong Kong, 2017, p. 40.

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Lot 2825. A rare small Longquan celadon jar and cover, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 2 3⁄4 in. (7 cm.) high, stand, Japanese wood boxPrice realised HKD 175,000 (Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 180,000). © Christie's 2021

The high shouldered jar is potted with a convex base encircled by an unglazed foot. The lotus leaf-form cover with an undulating rim. Both the jar and cover are covered overall in an attractive glaze of rich blue-green tone.

Provenance: A Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1990s.

A fine Longquan celadon lotus-form dish, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

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Lot 2826. A fine Longquan celadon lotus-form dish, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 2 3⁄4 in. (7 cm.) high, stand, Japanese wood boxPrice realised HKD 437,500 (Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 400,000). © Christie's 2021

The dish with shallow flared sides rising from a short foot is moulded on the exterior with a band of upright lotus petals, covered inside and out with a thick unctuous glaze of pale sea-green tone with the exception of the foot ring.

Provenance: A Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1990s.

ExhibitedSun Museum, Of Mist and Lushly Green, Longquan Celadon from Song to Ming Dynasties, Hong Kong, 2016, no. 3.

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