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A rare Longquan celadon 'dragon and bird' jar and cover Southern Song dynasty | 南宋 龍泉窰青釉塑龍紋蓋罐

Property from an Important Asian Collection

A rare Longquan celadon 'dragon and bird' jar and cover Southern Song dynasty | 南宋 龍泉窰青釉塑龍紋蓋罐

A rare Longquan celadon 'dragon and bird' jar and cover Southern Song dynasty | 南宋 龍泉窰青釉塑龍紋蓋罐

Property from an Important Asian Collection

A rare Longquan celadon 'dragon and bird' jar and cover

Southern Song dynasty

南宋 龍泉窰青釉塑龍紋蓋罐


Height 27.2 cm, 10¾ in.


(2)

There are some losses to the right horn at the end of the snout of the dragon. Two firing cracks runnning from the interior of the rim of the cover, visible to the exterior). There is also a minor manufacturing imperfection (2.5cm by 0.3 cm) area of the centre of the interior of the cover. There are also some glaze cracks running through the body and head of the dragon. There is a minor frit to the base of the bird finial to one side and damage to its beak.


中文內容僅供參考,請以英文原版為準。整體品相良好,但龍鼻尖端右角見一小處磨損,另見兩道窰裂從蓋口沿内壁延伸,於外壁亦可見。蓋内壁中間見一處約2.5x0.3公分輕微窰燒瑕疵。龍首、身均見少許片紋。鳥形蓋鈕底部一有輕微小爆釉。


"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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


我們很高興為您提供上述拍品狀況報告。由於敝公司非專業修復人員,在此敦促您向其他專業修復人員索取諮詢,以獲得更詳盡、專業之報告。


準買家應該檢查每款拍品以確認其狀況,蘇富比所作的任何陳述均為專業主觀看法而非事實陳述。準買家應參考有關該拍賣的重要通知(見圖錄)。


雖然本狀況報告或有針對某拍品之討論,但所有拍賣品均根據印於圖錄內之業務規則以拍賣時狀況出售。

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 21st May 1985, lot 73.

The Muwen Tang Collection.

Sotheby’s London, 12th November 2003, lot 79.

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香港蘇富比1985年5月21日, 編號73

沐文堂收藏

倫敦蘇富比2003年11月12日, 編號79

Selected Treasures of Chinese Art, Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1990-91, cat. no. 112.

Song Ceramics from the Kwan Collection, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1994, cat. no. 57.

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《歷代文物萃珍:敏求精舍三十週年紀念展》, 香港藝術館, 香港, 1990-91年, 編號112

《關氏所藏宋代陶瓷》, 香港藝術館, 香港, 1994年, 編號57

Funerary jars of this type are described by Julian Thompson in 'Chinese Celadons', Arts of Asia, November-December, 1993, p. 62, as belonging to the finest Longquan celadon vessels recorded. The glaze of the present jar is a thick lustrous bluish green, often referred to as the kinuta glaze by the Japanese who were especially fond of these wares. Kinuta wares are considered as masterpieces of the Longquan potter, who prepared the perfect glaze executed masterful knowledge and skill over his kiln.  

A related jar and cover, from the Avery Brundage collection in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, is illustrated in Mary Tregear, Song Ceramics, London, 1982, pl. 286; another, from the Charles Russell and H.M. Knight collections, was sold in these rooms, 12th July 1960, lot 147, and again, 15th July 1980, lot 75; and a further example, from Eskenazi, London, and illustrated in Julian Thompson, op. cit., p. 61, fig. 1 left, was sold in these rooms, 8th November 2006, lot 53.  Compare also a jar and cover in the Indianapolis Museum of Art included in the exhibition Beauty and Tranquillity: the Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 1983, pl. 78; another of similar size and with a domed cover surmounted by a bird finial, from the collection of Warren E. Cox, included in the exhibition Chinese Ceramics in Chicago Collections, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1982, p. 35, cat. no. 19, sold twice in our New York rooms, 24th May 1944, lot 53, and again, 19th March 2007, lot 138; and a third example, from the Carl Kempe collection, sold in these rooms, 14th may 2008, lot 312.  

It is thought that funerary jars of this type were made in pairs, one bearing the 'Green Dragon' of the East and the other the 'White Tiger' of the West. A pair from the Sir Percival David collection and now in the British Museum, London, is published in Margaret Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Celadon Wares, London, 1977, pl. IV, no. 36, where she notes that these jars may have been filled with aromatic oils.