A Junyao Purple-Splashed Pale-blue 'Bubble' Bowl

Song/Yuan Dynasty, 11th/13th Century

5 inches diam., Japanese cloth bag and box


With tall flaring rounded sides and a slightly in-curved mouth rim, covered inside and out with a finely-crackled pale-blue glaze thinning at the foot and rim to a slightly mushroom tone, the interior enhanced with a brilliant reddish-purple flame-like splash to the interior, the foot neatly cut and unglazed.


Rose Kerr notes in Song Dynasty Ceramics, London, 2004, p. 34, that the purple splashes found on these wares are made with the application of copper brushwork in washes which merge with the thick pale bluish glaze at full heat and provides a striking contrast which gives each vessel decorated in this manner its unique design.

A slightly larger example of slightly shallower form dated to the Yuan Dynasty was offered at Sotheby's New York, 16 March 2016, lot 255 and  a smaller example dated to the Northern Song Dynasty was sold at Sotheby's London, 11 November 2015, lot 68; another slightly shallower and less brightly painted example sold at Christie's New York, 24 March 2011, lot 1317