A Chinese Yaozhou monochrome deep bowl with conical sides and upright ribbed rim carved on the interior with three chrysanthemum blossoms on a continuous single scrolling branch amongst large leaves, the underside plain, covered overall in an even olive-green glaze falling short of the unglazed biscuit foot rim revealing the high-fired stoneware body.

7 1⁄2 inches, 19 cm diameter.

Northern Song Dynasty, Yaozhou kilns, Shanxi Province, 11th – 12th century.


Tiny infill nibble on exterior rim.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a North American collection.
  • Included by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 23rd/24th March 1998, lot no. 594, p. 200.
  • Formerly in the collection of Peter Scheinman (1932-2017), New York.
  • Published by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Han to Song, 2018, no. 19, pp. 64-67.
  • A similar bowl, carved with three different flowers and similar leaves encircling a boy in the centre, is included by Li Huibing in Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum, Beijing, volume 32, no. 104, p. 117.
  • A dish of similar decoration with two flowerheads, bequeathed by Mrs. B. Z. Seligman, in the British Museum, is included by Lawrence Smith and Jessica Rawson in The World’s Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, Vol. 5, no. 81; another, together with a bowl, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, are included by He Li in Chinese Ceramics, nos. 250 & 251, p. 153.