A FINE PURPLE-SPLASHED JUNYAO 'BUBBLE' BOWL
A FINE PURPLE-SPLASHED JUNYAO 'BUBBLE' BOWL
A FINE PURPLE-SPLASHED JUNYAO 'BUBBLE' BOWL
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A FINE PURPLE-SPLASHED JUNYAO 'BUBBLE' BOWL

SONG-JIN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY

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A FINE PURPLE-SPLASHED JUNYAO 'BUBBLE' BOWL
SONG-JIN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY
Of rounded form raised on a neatly cut ring foot, covered with a glaze of milky turquoise colour thinning to a mushroom tone at the rim and with splashes of reddish purple and green on the interior and exterior
3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) diam., box
Provenance
Previously sold at Sotheby's London, 18 November 1998, lot 856

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Lot Essay

The prominent splashes of purple, red or green on Junyao wares were produced by potters who deliberately added copper to the glaze. Datable examples of Junyao bowls with splashes are finds from the tomb of Feng Daozhen (d. 1265) near Datong, Shanxi, excavated in 1958, illustrated in Wenwu, 1962, no. 10, pp. 34-42, figs. 7-10.

Small Junyao bowls with splashes both on the inside and out are highly sought after. Similar examples of 'bubble' bowls, mostly of below 9 cm. in diameter, include one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Porcelain of the Song Dynasty, vol. 1, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 246, pl. 222 (8.3 cm. diam.); another in the collection of the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by S. Pierson, Song Ceramics: Objects of Admiration, London, 2003, p. 61, pl. 20 (PDF 45B) (8.6 cm. diam.); one in the Metropolitan Museum, illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1975, p. 87, no. 80 (50.145.316) (8.6 cm. diam.).

Other examples are bowls illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Geneva, 1968, vol. 1, nos. A31 and A32 (both 8.5 cm. diam.); in the T.Y. Chao Private and Family Trust Collections, Part II, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1987, lot 209 (9.2 cm. diam.); and in the Edward T. Chow Collection, sold at Sotheby's London, 7 June 2000, lot 93 (9 cm. diam.).
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