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




Lot 1033. A small Longquan celadon bowl, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 4 1⁄4 in. (10.8 cm.) diam., hardwood stand and cloth boxEstimate USD 20,000 – USD 30,000Price realised USD 119,700. © Christie's 2022

The bowl is well potted with deep rounded sides rising to a grooved band below the slightly flared rim and is covered overall with an even sea-green glaze.

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

Literature: Helen D. Ling and Edward T. Chow, Collection of Chinese Ceramics from the Pavilion of Ephemeral Attainment, vol. I, Hong Kong, 1950, no. 26.

NoteA nearly identical Longquan bowl, recovered from the Sinan wreck off the coast of Korea, was included in the Special Exhibition of Cultural Relics Found off the Sinan Coast, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 1977, col. pl. 8. Other examples include the bowl in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by M. Medley in Illustrated Catalogue of Celadon Wares, London, 1977, pl. IV, no. 34; another illustrated by B. Gyllensvärd in Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, p. 55, no. 114; one illustrated by R. Mowry in Peace and Quietude  Song Ceramics from the Qingjingtang Collection, Lisbon, 2015, p. 267, no. 132; and another from the Lord Cunliffe Collection, sold at Christie’s New York, 30 March 2005, lot 316.

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