A small Longquan-celadon bowl

Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)


The bowl is of eighteen-lobed flower form with steeply rounded sides and rests on a straight circular foot. The bowl is covered overall with a lightly crackled bluish-green glaze darkening in the recessed flutes and thinning at the barbed rim. The foot rim around the convex base is left unglazed.

9 cm diameter



Sotheby’s London, 7 December 1993, lot 205
Formerly in the collection of Robert Suermont
Purchased from Feng-Chun Ma Chinese and Japanese Art, 2007
A Dutch private collection

Bowls of this form are inspired by silver prototypes. A similar bowl of hexafoil section is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume 3 (II), London, 2006, pl. 1572. On page 402, fig. 25, the author illustrates the bowl next to a silver example of the same form.

Another bowl of similar form but of paler colour is illustrated in Song Ceramics from the Kwan Collection, Hong Museum of Art, 1994, pl.66.

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