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A fine small ‘Cizhou’ ‘Oil spot’ bowl, Jin dynastyEstimate 15,000 —20,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s.

the short spreading foot, below the rounded sides rising to an indented groove below the flared rim, covered in a dark brown glaze suffused with silvery oil spots, stopping short of the foot; 8.9cm., 3 1/2 in.

PROVENANCE: Collection of Francisco Capelo

LITTERATURE: Francisco Capelo et. al., Forms of Pleasure. Chinese Ceramics from Burial to Daily Life, London, 2009, pl. 40

Notes: Compare a pair of similar black-glazed ‘oil spot’ bowls illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection,vol. 1, Geneva, 1999, pls. 29 and 30; and another in the Sackler Museum, Harvard University, included in the exhibitionHare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell and Partridge Feathers, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Mass., 1995, cat. no. 43a and 43b. A slightly larger bowl is published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Vol. Three (II), London, 2006, pl. 1549; and another of similar size to the present piece was sold in these rooms, 13thNovember 2002, lot 77.

Used for tea ceremony, bowls of this type were especially popular in Japan where they are known as ‘oil spot temmoku‘. Several examples can be found in Japanese museums; see one designated as ‘National Treasure’ by the Bunkacho (Agency for Cultural Affairs), in the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, exhibited together with two further related bowls, one from the Tokugawa Art Museum and the other from the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts in Kyoto, in Tobutsu temmoku, Chado Shiryokan, Kyoto, 1994, cat. nos. 2-4. A further bowl in the Ryoko-in Temple, Kyoto, is published in Chugoku no toji. Temmoku, Tokyo, 1999, pl. 24; and one in the Tokyo National Museum is included in the Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Chinese Ceramics, Tokyo, 1988, cat. no. 610.

Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Londres | 05 nov. 2014, 10:00 AM