A rare small Yueyao ‘lotus-bud’ jar and cover, Five Dynasties. Estimate HK$ 200,000 – 300,000 (€20,000 – 31,000). Photo Bonhams.
The ovoid body decorated with overlapping lotus petals, rising to a flat shoulder applied with four small loop handles, covered overall in a thin pale olive-green glaze, the similarly glazed cover with a small branch handle. 11.5cm high
Notes: The Yue stoneware kilns, originally located in Northern Zhejiang Province, produced wares with green glazes which were highly valued and used as tribute for the Imperial court. The ware was also exported to foreign markets in the Middle East and in South East Asia. During the Five Dynasties period, despite the civil unrest and turbulence, production of high-quality Yue wares flourished and peaked. Like lot 126, the present lot is a fine example of the high quality translucent soft olive-green glaze which the Yue potters achieved.
Lotus-petal designs became increasingly popular on ceramics with the the spread of Buddhism. Compare a Five Dynasties dated Yueyao bowl and stand, with similar lotus-petal decoration, excavated from the pagoda in the Yunyan Temple, Huqiu Hill, Suzhou, Jiangsu province, in the Suzhou Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo mei shu fen lei quan ji: The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics Vol.6, Shanghai, 2000, no.209. This form of decoration was popular and used at various kilns, including Longquan. A Longquan funerary vessel with similar lotus petals and incised details, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, is illustrated by Rose Kerr, Song Dynasty Ceramics, London, 2004, p.21, no.13.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT. HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY