A SUPERB JIZHOU BLACK-GLAZED 'LEAF' BOWL SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY | 南宋 吉州窰黑釉木葉天目茶盞
Property from the Aoyama Studio Collection
A SUPERB JIZHOU BLACK-GLAZED 'LEAF' BOWL
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
of conical shape, covered with a lustrous brownish-black glaze thinning at the rim, decorated on the interior with a worm-eaten leaf, forming an attractive honey-brown silhouette, the foot left unglazed revealing the pale body, Japanese wood box
15.5 cm, 6 ⅛ in.
There has been retouching to the surface, probably to conceal flaking and an area of restoration.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE
A Japanese private collection, Tokyo.
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.
See a related bowl 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; and another bowl from the collection of Alfred Clark, included in Ryūsen Shūhō / Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Tokyo, 1976, vol. I, pl. 677, and sold in our London rooms, 11th May 2011, lot 3.