• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1281

    A RARE YAOZHOU CELADON CARVED EWER

    NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH/12TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE YAOZHOU CELADON CARVED EWER
    NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH/12TH CENTURY
    The ovoid body deftly carved with two leafy flowering peony stems below a band of overlapping petals on the shoulder from which rise the curved spout and the ribbed strap handle, the waisted neck incised with two double-line bands below the everted rim with lipped edge, covered overall with a dark olive-green glaze which also covers the base
    9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) high


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    An excavated ewer very similar to the current vessel in the collection of the Yaozhou-ware Museum was included in the exhibition, The Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware, Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 1997, p. 56, no. 73. The only significant difference between the two is that the excavated vessel has two sprig-molded vertical elements - one placed on either side of the neck - in a manner reminiscent of the 10th century Yue-ware ewer in the Falk Collection, sold in these rooms, 20 September 2001, lot 34.

    The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test number P108u83 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1985.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE PING Y. TAI FOUNDATION