NORTHERN SONG 11th or 12th CENTURY Yaozhou Celadon
A Northern Song (960-1127) or Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) Yaozhou Celadon Bowl, Yaozhou Kilns, Shaanxi or Henan Province, 11th or 12th Century. The Large Conical Shaped Bowl Has Five Raised Ribs and is Supported by a Sturdy Foot.
In excellent condition, some wear and minor scratches.
Diameter : 21 cm (8 1/4 inches)
R&G McPherson Antiques. The Collection of Mr and Mrs Guy Jones. R&G McPherson Antiques. A Private Collection of Early Chinese Ceramics.
For a related bowl dated to the Northern Song excavated from the Qingliangsi kiln site in Baofeng in 1989 see : Ceramic Finds From Henan (Exhibition catalogue for an exhibition presented by the University Museum and Art Gallery and Henan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, March 1997. ISBN 962-8038-13-3) page 70, plate 40.
Yaozhou Celadon :
Yaozhou Celadon ware comes in many forms, but small crisply moulded or carved bowls were a popular product, as were miniature press-moulded figures or animals, toys and everyday utensils. The Yaozhou kilns main production at Shaanxi was celadon, but they also produced black and brown wares as well. Song Yaozhou glazes are rather different to other Chinese Celadons. Celadon from Longquan of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties have a very thick rich glaze suffused with bubbles throughout, these diffuse the light hitting the glaze, creating a very soft rich sheen. Yaozhou Celadons have a thinner glaze with smaller bubbles. Yaozhou celadons have a more obvious green than earlier wares but the thinness of the glaze means that the ceramic body is far more likely to be visible than on Longquan celadons. The colour of Yaozhou celadons tends to be more to wards olive green rather than the Longquan celadon which is normally richer and nearer a true green.