• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 546

    A RARE 'OILSPOT' BLACK-GLAZED CONICAL BOWL

    SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE 'OILSPOT' BLACK-GLAZED CONICAL BOWL
    SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)
    The rounded body covered on the interior with a lustrous black glaze suffused with a dense pattern of fine silver 'oil spots' and thinning to russet on the edge of the everted rim and continuing on the exterior atop a russet glaze ending in an irregular line above the neatly cut foot ring to expose the pale grey stoneware
    4½ in. (11.3 cm.) diam., box


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    An 'oil spot' black-glazed bowl of very similar profile is illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, vol.
    3 (II), London, 2006, p. 498, no. 1503.

    Conical bowls were intended primarily for the drinking of tea. The choice of tea during the Song and Jin periods was a white tea that was whisked to produce a white froth on top. Dark-glazed bowls such the present example became increasingly popular as they showed off the frothy white tea to great advantage.

    Provenance

    J. J. Lally & Co., New York.