Bowl with Wave Design

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with olive green glaze
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
AP 1970.09
Currently Not On View
Graceful shapes, rich greenish glazes, and distinctively carved designs are salient features of the restrained jade colored wares known as “northern celadon.” The name alludes to its development in the northern provinces of Shaanxi and Henan during the Northern Song period (960–1127). This elegantly shaped bowl has thin walls and a flared lip; its pale glaze has a jadelike quality much admired by connoisseurs. The exterior of the bowl is carved with a pattern of irregular vertical grooves, while a combed and incised field of abstract foliate scrolls decorates the interior. In the bottom of the bowl, the glaze has the transparency of glass, reaffirming the high quality of the object.

Provenance

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Dickes, New York, by 1966; (N. V. Hammer, Inc., New York), by 1969; purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1970.