37. M5212


Chinese ceramic Jun ware lotus-bud form waterpot, jixin’guan, covered overall with a rich and even lustrous lavender sky-blue glaze, extending overall to the interior and the base thinning towards the light brown rim, all on a slightly splayed short unglazed brown knife-cut foot rim.

3 3/8 inches, 8.6 cm high.

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


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Richard Hultmark (1867-1935).
  • Member of the China Committee, First Counselor and Judge, brother of Emil and David Hultmark who also collected Chinese ceramics and works of art, all were members of ‘Kinaklubben’ (China Club) in Stockholm in the 1920’s together with Carl Kempe (1884-1967) and the Crown Prince Gustav Adolf.
  • Sold by Bukowskis in their auction of The Collection of Richard Hultmark, 26th–27th February 1936, lot 153, illustrated pl. 31, purchased by Jägmästare Hultmark, thence by descent within the family.
  • With inventory mark of “R H 494” and other labels.
  • Sold by Bukowskis in their Important Spring Sale, 2nd–4th June 2021, lot 877.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Tang to Song, 2022, no. 37, pp. 98-101.
  • A similar Junyao lotus-bud form waterpot is illustrated by John Ayers in Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Volume I, no. 13 (A30), and also illustrated by Mary Tregear in Song Ceramics, no. 164, where the author notes, “This jar is glazed overall except for the foot. The quality of this piece shows the finest style of Jun ware. The glaze runs thin from the lip to make a greenish-brown colour”; another is illustrated by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One, no. 393, p. 222; another in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is illustrated by He Li in Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Study, no. 244, pp. 152/3.


Overall excellent condition, one minuscule nibble to the outer-rim with an associated minute glaze flake to the inner rim, an approximate 2 inch wide area of scratching beneath the rim, a natural vertical glaze line on the exterior.