Jin Dynasty (A.D. 1115-1234)
of well-potted circular form with steeply rounded sides curving in slightly to the tapered lipless rim, covered all over with a lustrous lavender-blue glaze decorated on the interior and exterior with free-form plum-colored splashes suffused into the blue glaze, showing bright reddish tones in the center of each splash and shading to deep purple at the margins, the glaze draining from the lip to show a pale olive tone and ending short of the neatly finished small ring foot to show the pale stoneware burnt to chocolate-brown in the firing.
Diameter 3 1⁄2 inches (9 cm)
A very similar splashed Junyao ‘bubble bowl’ of slightly smaller size in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Gugong Bowuyuan Cang Wenwu Zhenpin Quanji, Liang Song Ciqi I, Vol. 32, (The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, Porcelain of the Song Dynasty, Book I), Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 222, p. 246.
Similar purple-splashed Junyao ‘bubble bowls’ are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated by Valenstein, Oriental Ceramics: The World’s Great Collections, Vol. 11, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Tokyo, 1982, no. 41; in the Asia Society, New York, illustrated by Leidy, Treasures of Asian Art, The Asia Society’s Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, New York, 1994, no. 147, p. 157, and by Mowry, Handbook of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, New York, 1981, p. 64; in the City Art Gallery, Bristol, illustrated by Dubosc in Mostra d’Arte Cinese: Settimo Centenario di Marco Polo (Exhibition of Chinese Art: The Seventh Centenary of Marco Polo), Venice, 1954, no. 479 (a pair); in the Baur Collection, illustrated by Ayers, The Baur Collection: Chinese Ceramics, Vol. I, Geneva, 1968, nos. A31 and A 32; and in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by Medley, The Chinese Potter, Oxford, 1976, fig. 83, p. 120.