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A small Jizhou tortoiseshell tea bowl. 12th-13th century. Estimated price €2.500 – €3.000 – Kunsthaus Lempertz

A small Jizhou tortoiseshell tea bowl with conical sides rounding up towards the rim, covered to the interior with papercut decoration reserved in dark brown glaze with hare’s fur markings, the exterior with a dark brown splashed glaze in imitation of mottled tortoiseshell. Diameter 11.8 cm

Provenance: Acquired from Anne Roselt, Cologne, 1986
Collection Annelotte Elbrecht (1924-2013)

Literature: Compare a similar bowl: Robert D. Mowry, Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partidge Feathers: Chinese Brown and Black Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, 1996, p. 248, 239, no. 100

Kunsthaus Lempertz. Auction 1044, Asian Art, 05.12.2014, 10:00, Cologne