A Korean moulded celadon peony pattern bowl

高麗十二世紀 青瓷印纏枝花卉紋盌

The bowl is of open, almost conical form, with the rim lightly divided by notches into six lobes. The interior is crisply moulded with a continuous scroll of stylized flowers, two with centres shaped rather like pomegranates, with calyx and numerous seeds, and two depicted side on, all borne on a slender scrolling stem with dense feathery foliage, around a slightly convex central field moulded with a rosette of radiating petals around a small flowerhead. The whole is applied with a celadon glaze of light blue-green tone, pooling to deeper tones in the recesses of the decoration and in a ring around the central circle, and extending over the undecorated exterior. The small, neatly made footrim has traces of three spur marks.

From a Japanese private collection, Osaka, acquired in the 1950-60s
Christie’s Hong Kong, 3rd June 2015, lot 3211

The decoration on this remarkable bowl, with its blowsy, rather pomegranate-like peony blossoms, resembles quite closely that found on certain Chinese ceramics of the twelfth century, particularly those from the Ding kilns. For an example of a Ding dish of this type, with similar decoration but enclosed by a keyfret border, see Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs , pl. 82a and discussed by the author, pp. 145-6. The Korean bowl, while similar, has notable differences, particularly the wide central rosette. Perhaps the most likely explanation for the similarity is that both the Chinese and the Korean ceramic bowls followed similar silver prototypes.


Dimensions: Diameter: 17.6 cm, 6 ⅞ inches

Date: Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), 12th century

Stock No. 2235

Price: On Request