A black-glazed 'oil-spot' bowl, Song Dynasty (960-1279)



A black-glazed 'oil-spot' bowl, Song Dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 124. A Hong Kong Connoisseur's Collection of Song and Ming Porcelain.  A black-glazed 'oil-spot' bowl, Song Dynasty (960-1279); 12.3cm diam. Sold for HK$179,200 (Est: $150 000 HKD - $250 000 HKD) © Bonhams 2001-2023

Of conical form rising from a short foot to a slightly flared rim, applied overall with a think lustrous black glaze with 'oil spot' markings on both sides, thinning to russet at the rim and pooling in heavy droplets above the unglazed foot revealing a warm brown stoneware, box (2).

Provenance: Acquired in the 1980s.

NoteThe present lot is particularly rare for its elegantly potted conical form with the attractive silver speckles. See examples of a pair of black-glazed conical bowls with silvery splashes, illustrated in Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell and Partridge Feathers. Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazes Ceramics, 400-1400, Cambridge, 1995, cat. no. 45a and b. See also a rare black-glazed 'oil spot' bowl, Northern Song - Jin dynasty, from the Aoyama Studio collection and sold at Sotheyb's Hong Kong, 9 October 2020, lot 28.

Bonhams. SUBTLE BEAUTY THE AESTHETICS OF SONG DYNASTY, 29 November 2023, Hong Kong, Admiralty