Chinese iron-splashed black glazed ‘partridge feather’ temmoku teabowl of conical form with gently everted rim, covered on the interior with a lustrous black glaze streaked and splashed in iron-rust beneath the similarly coloured rim, the exterior covered in an iron-rust semi-matt glaze falling short of the knife-cut buff coloured stoneware body revealed at the short foot rim.
4 3⁄4 inches, 12.1 cm diameter.
Northern Song Dynasty, Hebei Province, 11th – 12th century.

  • Formerly in the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, Chicago.
    • Included by Christie’s New York in their auction of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from an American Private Collection, 21st September 1995, lot 180, pp. 34/5.
    • Formerly in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Breece III.
    • Included by Christie’s New York in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 18th September 2003, lot no. 251, p. 147.
    •Formerly in the collection of Peter Scheinman (1932-2017), New York.
    • A similar bowl from the Rothschild-Goldschlager Collection, the Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt Collection, sold by Eskenazi, is included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Three (II), no. 1511, p. 506; another is included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One, no. 470, p. 258; another, from the H. W. Siegel Collection, is included by Mary Tregear in Song Ceramics, Pls. 258 & 259, pp. 188/9, where the author notes, ‘The enlarged close-up view of the interior in Pl. 259 shows very clearly how the glazes have run together. The red
    or brown glaze usually has a matt texture, and the black glaze is very shiny with a bluish tinge. This is the northern version of the ‘hare’s fur’ glaze of the Fujian potters and, during the Song dynasty, was associated with the cult of tea drinking’; a further similar bowl was included by J. J. Lally & Co. in their exhibition of Song Dynasty Ceramics, The Ronald W. Longsdorf Collection, 2013, no. 57, where it notes, ‘Similarly glazed tea bowls of this form excavated from the Northern Song stratum of the Cizhou kiln site at Guantai, Cixian, Hebei province are illustrated in the excavation report, Guantai Cizhou Yaozhi (The Cizhou Kiln Site at Guantai), Beijing, 1997, pl. 65-1, with line drawings illustrating the profile of the distinctive shape on p. 268.’
    • Two conical bowls with a similar splashed pattern also described as ‘partridge-feather mottles,’ Northern blackware of Cizhou type of the same date, from the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, were included by Robert D. Mowry in the exhibition of Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400 – 1400, 1996, nos. 37a & b, pp. 140-142; another was included by Eskenazi in their exhibition, Song: Chinese ceramics, 10th to 13th century (Part 5), 2018, no. 13, pp. 38/9.


黑釉鐵銹斑碗 北宋 十一至十二世紀 Stephen Junkunc III 先生舊藏

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