A fine and rare Jizhou paper-cut-out ‘auspicious characters’ conical tea bowl, Southern Song Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 350,000 – 400,000 (€35,000 – 41,000). Photo Bonhams.
The interior resist-decorated with three paper-cut-out diamond-shaped cartouches each containing four characters on a speckled beige-brown ground, the exterior covered with a dark brown glaze mottled with splashes of bluish-beige. 12cm diam
Notes: he characters form the auspicious phrases:
‘Fu shou kang ning‘, meaning ‘wealth, longevity, health and peace’
‘Jin yu man tang‘, meaning ‘may gold and jade fill your hall’.
Several examples have been published of similar auspicious bowls, with resist-decorated paper-cut flower sprays containing four characters, including one in the Jiangxi Provincial Museum, illustrated in zhongguo taoci quanji: Song, Shanghai, 1999, no.217; And another in British Museum, illustrated by Basil Gray in Sung Porcelain and Stoneware, London, 1984, p.127, no.100; and two bowls donated by K.K. Chow, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by Rose Kerr in Song Dynasty Ceramics, London, 2004, p.109, no.110. A similar example was sold at Sotheby’s New York, 21 September 2006, lot 291, and another from the Frederick M.Mayer collection was sold at Christie’s London, 24 June 1974, lot 58.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT. HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY