A rare Yaozhou celadon carved globular lobed jar, Northern Song Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 800,000 – 1.2 million (€81,000 – 120,000). Photo Bonhams.
Raised on a short narrow foot and moulded with six lobed sides, each finely carved with leafy floral sprays below a band of leaves on the shoulder, surmounted with a short upright neck, covered overall in an olive-green tone pooling attractively in the recesses. 14cm high
Notes: It is rare to find Yaozhou wares of globular form. Typically they were made as bowls and dishes, with some tall vases and ewers. A plain Yaozhou celadon lobed globular jar in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelain of the Song Dynasty I, Hong Kong, 1996, p.110, no.98. A Yaozhou green-glazed globular ewer, decorated with phoenix among flowers, in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, is illustrated inChinese Ceramics, From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty, Yale University Press New Haven, 2010, p.275, fig. 6.14.
Yaozhou craftsmen achieved an extremely high level of skill for carved decoration. Deep or shallow, rounded or angular, various cuts and lines were carved to create designs that stood out with clear outlines. The ‘slanted’ carving technique was particularly popular and was made with a knife held at an angle. This created recesses within the design into which the glaze would pool to render a more three-dimensional effect. The leafy floral sprays on the present lot are a fine example of this, with an unusual combination of lotus, flowers, and reeds. A bowl decorated with a similar combination of flowers and plants was sold in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 261.
The result of C-Link Research & Development Ltd. thermoluminescence test no.1852YL06 is consistent with the dating of this lot.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT.HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY