3062
3062
A SMALL 'OIL SPOT' BOWL
SONG – JIN DYNASTY
Estimate
800,0001,200,000
LOT SOLD. 3,625,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
3062
A SMALL 'OIL SPOT' BOWL
SONG – JIN DYNASTY
Estimate
800,0001,200,000
LOT SOLD. 3,625,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

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A SMALL 'OIL SPOT' BOWL
SONG – JIN DYNASTY
the shallow rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a lipped rim, covered overall in a lustrous black-brown glaze attractively suffused with iridescent silvery-brown 'oil spots' of varying sizes, the glaze stopping short of the neatly-trimmed footring, revealing the unglazed buff grey body, Japanese wood box inscribed by Ryoichi Fujioka
10.8 cm, 4 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

Bowls of this form and with this attractive ‘oil spot’ glaze are discussed by Robert D. Mowry in the catalogue to the exhibition Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers. Chinese Brown-and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 1996, pp. 149 and 150, where it is suggested that they were made at kilns in Northern China, in imitation of the popular Jian tea bowls made in Fujian province. The author further notes that the ‘oil spot’ effect on these bowls was achieved by adding a layer of black slip under two layers of iron-rich dark brown glaze. 

A similar bowl from the Sir Percival David Collection, now in the British Museum, London, was included in the exhibition Imperial Taste. Chinese Ceramics from the Percival David Foundation, British Museum, London, 1989, cat. no. 9; two in the Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, were included in the exhibition Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, op.cit., cat. nos 43a and b; another bowl was sold in our New York rooms, 15th September 2015, lot 8; and a further one was sold in these rooms, 5th April 2017, lot 1102.

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