36. R1079



Chinese ceramic Jun ware lavender glazed deep dish, pan, with shallow rounded sides, flat everted rim and gently raised lip, covered overall in a bright and unctuous glaze thinning in the cavetto and the lip, covering the base with a slightly recessed centre and falling short of the burnt brown knife-cut foot rim, the base with spur marks from the firing.

7 3/8 inches, 18.8 cm diameter.

Northern Song dynasty, Jun kilns, Henan province, 11th – 12th century.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From a distinguished English private collection.
  • Sold by John Sparks Ltd., London, 20th November 1989.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Tang to Song, 2022, no. 36, pp. 96-97.
  • A similar dish from the collection of Sir Joseph E. Hotung, previously exhibited at the Oriental Ceramic Society in Exhibition of Chün and Brown Glazes of the Song Dynasty, 1952, no. 75, was included by Marchant in their catalogue of Recent Acquisitions, 2002, no. 2, pp. 6/7; another in the Idemitsu Museum of Art was included in their exhibition of Song Ceramics, Utensils of Sublime Beauty, 2018, no. 58, p. 74, which also included a purple-splashed example with a similar recess in the centre of the base, no. 59, p. 75; another from the Collection of Mrs. Alfred Clark is illustrated by Basil Gray in Early Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 84.
  • Dishes of this form with the addition of purple are well-known. One is illustrated by John Ayers in Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Geneva, Volume I, no. 16 (A33), pp. 58/9; another, from the Klas Fåhraeus Collection, was included by Eskenazi in their exhibition of Junyao, 2013, no. 10, pp. 68/9; another of this form in the Qing Court Collection is illustrated by Li Huibing in Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, volume 32, no. 226, p. 250.


A small area (approximately 3 cm) restored at the rim, a few foot nicks and general natural imperfections including a small spot on the front of the dish, surface wear. There is an area at the foot which fluoresces under UV but there are no signs of restoration.