A superb Jian black-glazed temmoku bowl, Song dynasty 宋 建窰烏金釉斗笠盞
150,000 - 200,000 HKD
Property from the Aoyama Studio Collection 青山居珍藏
A superb Jian black-glazed temmoku bowl,
Two sections of the rim (approx. 7cm and 2.5cm wide) have been broken and restuck, with associated overpainting.
Black-glazed tea bowls produced from the Jian kiln, present-day Jianyang county of Fujian province, were classic vessels for tea consumption in the Song dynasty. The intrinsic qualities of Jian bowls made them particularly suited for tea preparation and enjoyment. In size and form they were comfortable to hold. Their heavy potting had an insulating effect, keeping the tea inside hot while protecting the fingers from the heat. Their speckled black glazes subtly imbued with the spectral coloration of refracted light heightened the aesthetic experience of a well-formed white froth. Additionally, Jian bowls were made in the same province as the empire’s prized teas, providing another link between the vessel and its contents.
Jian tea bowls are known in two types of shapes, the more common type are those with a waisted rim, much rare are those of conical form with flared sizes such as the present example. Jian bowls of the latter type are also generally in larger proportions than the first type. This auction proudly presents three Jian bowls in conical form of varying dimensions (lots 5028-5030) which are rarely seen in the market.