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A Jizhou 'leaf' bowl, Southern Song dynasty 南宋 吉州窰黑釉木葉盌

Property from the Aoyama Studio Collection 青山居珍藏

A Jizhou 'leaf' bowl, Southern Song dynasty 南宋 吉州窰黑釉木葉盌

A Jizhou 'leaf' bowl, Southern Song dynasty 南宋 吉州窰黑釉木葉盌

Property from the Aoyama Studio Collection 青山居珍藏

A Jizhou 'leaf' bowl,

Southern Song dynasty

南宋  吉州窰黑釉木葉盌

14.8 cm

The bowl was broken and professionally restored. There are a few minor flakes to the footring and a tiny glaze flake above the foot.


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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.

本盌飾剪紙貼花木葉,輪廓尖突,脈絡細緻,與黑釉對比鮮明,乃江西吉州窰最受推崇出品之一。此紋飾製作方法,可參考Robert D. Mowry,展覽圖錄《Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers》,哈佛大學美術博物館,劍橋,1995年,頁260-262。作者論述,瓷匠或將樹葉貼於盌上,再浸以釉藥,窰燒時,樹葉所帶自然物質與釉藥產生化學反應,樹葉因而變成透明。樹葉邊緣或於窰內燒焦捲曲,然而本盌葉紋貼服完整,尤其難得。