A fine and rare Jizhou ‘tortoiseshell’-glazed ‘guri’-decorated conical tea bowl, Southern Song Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 350,000 – 500,000 (€36,000 – 51,000). Photo Bonhams.
The interior finely decorated with guri-style scrolls between five scroll-filled petals radiating from the centre, the exterior with pale blue-buff and brown splashes on a dark brown-black ground simulating a tortoise’s shell. 12.3cm diam.
Notes: Examples of Jizhou bowls with similar designs on the interior and a tortoise-shell glaze on the exterior include: one illustrated in Song Ceramics from the Laiyantang Collection, 2010, p.92-93, no.37; a bowl in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated by Suzanne G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, p.117, no.113; one in the collection of the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, illustrated by Margaret Medley, Yuan Porcelain and Stoneware, London, 1974, pl.117A; and another in The Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, England, illustrated by Brian McElney,Inaugural Exhibition Volume 1, Chinese Ceramics, Bath, 1993, no.128.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT. HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY