• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 635

    A Large Incised Celadon Stoneware Ewer


    Price Realised  


    A Large Incised Celadon Stoneware Ewer
    Goryeo dynasty (12th century)
    Of elongated double-gourd form with curved, oval spout, small top opening and twisted loop handle moulded with a ring for securing a cover, incised on opposite sides of the lower body with lotuses and peonies surrounded by scalloped clouds and sacred fungus, the spout incised with lines to indicate the stem and leaf of a lotus and the upper gourd incised with two clusters of fungus below a narrow band of fretwork at the rim; the vessel also decorated by a bright greenish-blue celadon glaze, brown in tone on one half of the upper gourd, with long crackle, flat base unglazed
    13 9/16in. (34.3cm.) high

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    For a gourd-form celadon ewer with similar incised lotus and peonies, see Itoh Ikutaro, ed., Yuen no iro, shitsuboku no katachi: Ri Heiso korekushon Kankoku toji no bi/Color of Elegance, Form of Simplicity: The Beauty of Korean Ceramics from the Rhee Byung-chang Collection/Uahan saek, sunbakhan hyeongtae: Yi Byeong-chang kolleksyeon Hanguk tojagi eui areumdaum, exh. cat. (Osaka: Museum of Oriental Ceramics, 1999), pl. 5; for another ewer, see Kumja Paik Kim, The Art of Korea: Highlights from the Collection of San Francisco's Asian Art Museum (San Francisco: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2006), pl. 17, where the caption remarks on the elegant attenuated profile of the double-gourd ewer, as here.

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