FIVE DYNASTIES or NORTHERN SONG 10th or 11th Century Yue Celadon

A Five Dynasties (907-960) or Northern Song (960-1127) Yue Celadon Bowl. The Shallow Stoneware Form Moulded with Overlapping Lotus Petals that have Incised Details. The Well Incised with a Large Flower-Head.

This bowl was catalogued as Korean in the past (see provenance). Indeed it is just the sort of piece that influenced Korean potters of the Koryo dynasty.

In very poor condition ; broken in half, either side there are further pieces re-stuck. There three filled chips. The surface is lightly degraded due to burial.
Diameter : 19 cm (7 1/2 inches)
Sotheby`s Colonnade Sale, November 2nd 1993, lot 1492. Catalogued as Korean Koryo Dynasty. The Helen Espir Collection of Chinese Ceramics ; "a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society and collector, with her husband. Having made a typical collection of Song and provincial Ming blue and white, they decided to concentrate on what used to be called `clobbered` porcelain. She is the author of the standard work on the subject, European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain,2005, the first to examine the work of European decorators on Chinese porcelain throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing on enamellers in Holland, Germany and England. She has learned Chinese." From Provenance ; Collectors, Dealers & Scholars : Chinese Ceramics in Britain & America (Roy Davids, Dominic Jellinek, Privately Printed, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9570148-0-0).
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Celadon Ware :
Celadon is a term used to describe several types of Chinese stoneware and porcelain, as well a ceramics from other countries, notably from Korea and Japan. The term is a imprecise one, applying to various types of green glazed ceramics, but not all ceramics with green glazes, there are several wares that have a green glaze that are not refereed to as celadon. For example Green Jun and Ge Ware. For this reason there has been a move to try to clarify the situation by using the term `Green Ware`. But for now Celadon is a more familiar and therefore useful term. The origins of the term Celadon are not clear, one theory is that the term first appeared in France in the 17th century and that it is named after the shepherd Celadon in Honoré d`Urfé`s French pastoral romance, L`Astrée (1627), who wore pale green ribbons. (D`Urfe, in turn, borrowed his character from Ovid`s Metamorphoses.) Another theory is that the term is a corruption of the name of Saladin, the Ayyubid Sultan, who in 1171 sent forty pieces of the ceramic to Nur ad-Din, Sultan of Syria. Yet a third theory is that the word derives from the Sanskrit sila and dhara, which mean "stone" and "green" respectively.