A rare small Northern black-glazed slip-ribbed circular box and cover, Northern Song Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 60,000 – 100,000 (€6,100 – 10,000). Photo Bonhams.
Raised on a short straight foot, the box and cover each decorated with buff-coloured thin lines in relief on a lustrous brown-black glaze. 8cm diam. (2).
Notes:The ‘ribs’ seen on the present box and cover were created by applying a black slip, then trailing narrow strips of white slip, the ‘ribs’, from top to bottom before covering them with a transparent brown glaze. The slip-relief cream-coloured ‘ribs’ show in contrast against the lustrous dark brown black glaze. The technique was particularly popularl on larger vessels like jars, vases and ewers, although in some cases, like the present lot, the ribs are grouped in twos or threes.
A similarly-glazed vase also decorated with applied clay ‘ribs’, formerly in the Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark Collection, is illustrated by Basil Gray, Sung Porcelain and Stoneware, London, 1984, p.119, no.95.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT. HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY