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    Sale 11930

    AN INQUIRING MIND: AMERICAN COLLECTING OF JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

    15 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 98

    A celadon bowl

    GORYEO DYNASTY (12TH CENTURY)

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    A celadon bowl
    Goryeo Dynasty (12th century)
    The deep bowl with lobed rim, molded with a central roundel of a fish, encircled by a scenery of lotus pond including ducks and Chinese children (karako), covered with a glaze of soft sea-green tone
    8 in. (20.3 cm.) diameter


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    This beautiful bowl represents the peak of celadon wares from Goryeo Dynasty. Both the elegance of its potting and the artistry of its decoration mark it as one of the finest examples of celadon ware. The sharp molding technique and the color of the glaze on this work may indicate the close relationship with Yaozhou kiln in Northern Song Dynasty of China.

    For a similar work in the collection of National Museum of Korea, see Hasebe Gakuji, Korai no seiji, vol. 29 of Toji taikei (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1970), pls. 52 and 53; and accessible online at http://www.museum.go.kr/site/eng/relic/search/view?relicId=1439

    Provenance

    Private collection, Japan