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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 558

    AN UNUSUAL LONGQUAN CELADON BOWL

    YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH-14TH CENTURY

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    AN UNUSUAL LONGQUAN CELADON BOWL
    YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH-14TH CENTURY
    Thickly potted with rounded sides flaring from a high ring foot to an inverted rim, the center impressed with a blossoming, leafy branch within a single line border, covered overall with an even glaze of attractive sea-green tone
    7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.), Japanese metal cover, Japanese wood box


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    The distinctive shape of this bowl, with small foot ring and wide, inturned mouth rim, is based on a Middle Eastern prototype common to both pottery and metal. For a Persian bronze bowl dating to the 12th-13th century, shown alongside a Longquan bowl of corresponding form, see M. Medley, Metalwork and Chinese Ceramics, London, 1972, p. 45, pl.15 a and b.

    A Longquan bowl of very similar shape, but subtly carved with vertical petals on the exterior, is illustrated in Celadons from Longquan Kilns, Taipei, 1998, p. 163, no. 134. A number of Longquan bowls of this form, also carved with petals on the exterior, were excavated from the wreck of a merchant ship that foundered off the coast of Korea in AD 1323 on its way to Japan. See Special Exhibition of Cultural Relics Found off the Sinan Coast, Seoul, 1977, nos. 107-9.

    This bowl is particularly elegant, as the plain, uncarved sides show the sea-green color of the glaze off to best advantage.

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