3053
3053
A JIZHOU 'LEAF' CONICAL BOWL
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
100,000150,000
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3053
A JIZHOU 'LEAF' CONICAL BOWL
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
100,000150,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A JIZHOU 'LEAF' CONICAL BOWL
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
the steeply flaring sides rising from a concave base, decorated to the interior in papercut resist with a leaf, reserved against a ground of thick black glaze thinning to brown at the rim, stopping at the foot to reveal the buff-coloured stoneware body
15 cm, 6 in.
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Catalogue Note

The 'Jizhou' kilns at Yonghezhen, Ji'an county in Jiangxi province, a region formerly called Jizhou, were not blessed with the finest raw materials for making stonewares, but came up with the most original ideas for decorating. They were unique in exploiting the chemical composition of real tree leaves for making tea bowls with most naturalistic – because natural – silhouette leaf designs.

A related bowl is illustrated in Gugong Songci tulu. Longquan yao, Geyao ji qita ge yao/Illustrated Catalogue of Sung Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum. Lung-ch'üan Ware, Ko Ware and Other Wares, Taipei, 1974, pl. 72; another from the collection of Kamei Takayoshi was included in the Mostra d'Arte Cinese/Exhibition of Chinese Art, Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 1954, cat. no. 949; one was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 25th October 1993, lot 701; and a further example from the collection of Alfred Clark, was included in Ryūsen Shūhō/Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Tokyo, 1976, vol. I, pl. 677, and sold in our London rooms, 11th May 2011, lot 3.

In Japan, these bowls have become known by the same term 'temmoku' that designates black-glazed tea bowls of 'Jian' ware, but with the specification 'konoha', 'tree leaf'.

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