YAOZHOU CELADON BOWL
NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY (960-1126)
14.5 cm diameter
The conical bowl stands on a short foot rising to spreading sides and terminating with a slightly flaring rim. The interior is finely moulded in low relief with a stylised flowerhead in the center below a radiating petal design, which is repeated around the exterior. The bowl is covered with a translucent pale olive-green glaze.
Yaozhou celadon wares of the Northern Song dynasty are regarded by many connoisseurs as the most subtle ceramics in the Chinese repertoire. The modest and soft tones of the glazes are often beautifully complemented by finely carved or moulded designs. This harmonious effect is perfectly demonstrated by the present bowl with its extremely well defined design of overlapping petals, allowing the glaze to pool in the recessed areas. It is unusual for the outside decoration of this type of bowl to be executed in the same high quality as the interior.
A smaller bowl of this type, but with the more usual coarse radiating lines around the exterior, formerly in the Van Daalen Collection, was sold at Christie's London, November 2019, lot 25.