A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty

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A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl
Southern Song Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 425,000 (US$ 54,192) inc. premium
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl
Southern Song Dynasty
The ewer raised on a short straight foot, decorated on the shoulder with delicately carved flower heads on leafy stems, with a long curved spout and strap handle, the cover surmounted with a mythical beast, covered in a thin translucent pale greenish-white glaze, the unglazed base exposing the white ware; the deep cylindrical bowl raised on a straight foot, decorated with a similar wide band of flower heads on leafy stems, covered in a thin translucent pale greenish-white glaze.
The ewer 21cm high (3).

Footnotes

  • 南宋 白釉刻花注壺及注盌

    The function of this ewer and warming bowl was to warm wine. By placing the wine-filled ewer in the bowl which was filled with hot water, the wine would keep warm. The form of such Southern Song ewers would have drawn inspiration from late Tang and Five Dynasties styles.

    Compare with a very similarl Qingbai ewer, cover and warming bowl, also decorated with a wide band of flowers with narrow petals, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated by Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, London, 1970, pl.11. Another ewer of similar form but undecorated, was excavated from a Northern Song Dynasty tomb in Jiangxi, illustrated in ibid, pl.12b. Another related Qingbai ewer with a lobed warming bowl, in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, is illustrated in Ceramics Gallery of the Palace Museum, Part 1, Beijing, 2008, pp.206-207, no.143. A lobed Qingbai ewer, cover and warming bowl, decorated with a similar mythical beast surmounting the cover, was sold at Sotheby's New York, 23 March 2004, lot 619.

    注子圓口,上有模製獅子鈕,彎流曲柄,淺圈足,折肩上刻有纏枝花卉紋。注盌直口,深腹,圓圈足,外壁刻纏枝花卉紋,線條流暢,與注子肩部紋飾配合。兩者通體施青白釉,光潤明亮,底部露胎。

    注子及注盌是為一套用具,把盛有酒的注子放在注盌內,再在注盌內加熱水,便能有溫酒作用,其形式最早可見於五代顧閎中所繪的《韓熙載夜宴圖》之中,普遍流行於北宋時期。

    北京故宮博物院藏景德鎮青白釉刻花注壺及注盌,與本拍品之形製相近,見故宮博物院編《故宮陶瓷館.上編》,北京,2008年,頁206-207,圖版143。
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A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
A rare Qingbai carved globular ewer, lion-finial cover and deep warming bowl Southern Song Dynasty
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