A very rare Longquan celadon octagonal dish, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

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 Lot 1031. A very rare Longquan celadon octagonal dish, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 6 1⁄2 in. (16.5 cm.) across, cloth box. Estimate USD 80,000 – USD 120,000Price realised USD 756,000. © Christie's 2022

The dish has a circular concave center and is covered overall with an even bluish-green glaze suffused with faint crackle.

Provenance: The J. M. Hu (1911-1995), Zande Lou Collection.

LiteratureHelen D. Ling and Edward T. Chow, Collection of Chinese Ceramics from the Pavilion of Ephemeral Attainment, vol. I, Hong Kong, 1950, no. 27.
A. G. Poster, Crosscurrents: Masterpieces of East Asian Art from New York Private Collections, Japan Society in association with the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, 1999, no. 46, pp.136-137.

ExhibitedNew York, Japan Society in association with the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Crosscurrents: Masterpieces of East Asian Art from New York Private Collections, New York, 1999, no. 46.

NoteThe elegant shape of this dish, with the flat, everted, octagonal rim, was likely based on Song-dynasty silver and gold prototypes. It is very rare to find a Longquan celadon dish of this shape and very few are published. The present example is distinguished by its lustrous glaze with a dynamic, icy crackle. A similar dish (15.87 cm.) with a finely crackled glaze can be found in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Avery Brundage Collection, illustrated by M. Tregear in Song Ceramics, New York, 1982, p.138, no. 183. A dish of this shape, accompanied by a small octagonal bowl, from the Szekeres Collection, is illustrated by J.J. Lally & Co. in Chinese Art, The Szekeres Collection, New York, 2019, no. 2 where it is noted that a gold octagonal dish and matching bowl from the tomb of the Southern Song official Zhu Xiyan (1135-1200) and his wife is illustrated in by the Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Zhong king ji sheng: Nan Song feng wu guanzhi (Achievements of Southern Song Dynasty), Beijing, 2015, p. 16, pl. 10. Another parcel-gilt silver example with matching bowl is illustrated in the same publication, p. 27, pl. 52.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 25 march 2022