A fine and very rare jun-type purple glazed tea bowl, Xuande period (1426-1435). Estimate HK$800,000 – HK$1,500,000 ($103,603 – $194,256). Price Realized HK$4,240,000 ($549,319). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The bowl is finely potted with a gently everted mouth rim. The rounded sides is raised on a low ring foot. Covered on the interior and exterior with a deep purple-red glaze in imitation of Jun ware. Accompanied with a textile woven lidded casing that is embellished with a leather design and secured at one side with a buckle. 4 in. (10.2 cm.) diam., fitted textile box, Japanese wood box
Provenance: Infused tea became more popular in the Ming Dynasty. As it does not require whisking like powdered tea, tea bowls became smaller, as can be seen on the current lot.
PROPERTY FROM THE YIQINGGE COLLECTION
Notes: During the Xuande period, a number of archaistic glazes were reproduced at the Jingdezhen kilns in reverence to the earlier wares of the Song period as exemplified by the Xuande-marked Ge-type chrysanthemum dish in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Monochrome Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Book I, CAFA, 1968, pp. 76-77, pl. 16. There are four other bowls of this type, two are in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in A Panorama of Ceramics in the Collection of the National Palace Museum: Chun Ware, Taipei, 1999, p. 18, nos. 27 and 28. The same publication also mentions two further bowls in the Palace Museum, Beijing, ibid., nos. 29 and 30.
Compare also four dishes with this purplish-red Jun-type glaze. The two dishes in the Palace Museum are illustrated in Selection of Jun Ware, the Palace Museum’s Collection and Archaeological Excavation, Forbidden City Publishing House, 2013, pp. 268-269, no. 118 (15.9 cm. diam.) and p. 271, no. 119 (18.8 cm. diam.). A single dish in the National Palace Museum is published in A Panorama of Ceramics in the Collection of the National Palace Museum: Chun Ware, 1999, no. 32. The fourth dish is illustrated in The Exquisite Chinese Artifacts, Collection of Ching Wan Society, Beijing, 1995, p. 156, no. 94 (16 cm. diam.).
The casing would suggest the bowl was probably given among diplomatic exchanges with Tibet as part of a tea drinking set.
Infused tea became more popular in the Ming Dynasty. As it does not require whisking like powdered tea, tea bowls became smaller, as can be seen on the current lot.
CHRISTIE’S. DRAWN BY THE SENSES, 26 November 2014, Convention Hall