Bol Dingyao en porcelaine émaillée crème. Chine, dynastie Song du Nord-Jin, XIème-XIIème siècle. Estimate €6,000 – €8,000 ($7,410 – $9,880). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The bowl is elegantly potted with a lobed rim, decorated in the centre with a coiled chilong. It is entirely covered in an ivory glaze with a metal mount to the mouth rim; cracks. 8¼ in. (21 cm.) diam.
A DINGYAO LOBED ‘DRAGON’ BOWL. CHINA, NORTHERN SONG/JIN DYNASTY, 11TH-12TH CENTURY
Bol Yaozhou en porcelaine céladon. Chine, dynastie Song du Nord-Jin, XIIème siècle. Estimate 5,000 – €7,000 ($6,175 – $8,645). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The bowl is elegantly potted and is moulded to the interior with three playful boys holding flower stems. It is covered with a glaze of olive-green tone. 7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) diam.
A YAOZHOU CELADON MOULDED ‘BOYS’ BOWL. CHINA, NORTHERN SONG/JIN DYNASTY, 12TH CENTURY
Notes: The motif of boys playing amidst flowers was popular during the Song dynasty, appearing not only on ceramics but also textiles and other medium. Two Yaozhou bowls of similar date and shape, depicting boys playing amidst stems of lotus and saggitaria on one, and peony on the other, are illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 1, London, 1994, p. 238, nos. 427 and 428. Two others, in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are illustrated by J. Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, London, 1979 ed., pls. 6a and 6b.
CHRISTIE’S. ART D’ASIE, 10 December 2014, Paris