The Mrs Otto Harriman Collection – Sales Catalogue

This auction took place in May 2012 – the sale results are displayed at the bottom of this page.

LOT 01 – £1000-1500

Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum Istanbul:

A Complete Catalogue by Krahl and Ayers,

in three volumes, Sotheby’s Publications 1986,

limited edition of 1500, in slip cases.

Krahl和Ayers所编伊斯坦布尔Topkapi Saray博物馆中国陶瓷总目录



LOT 02 – £1000-1500


A Qing dynasty Kangxi period blue and white ‘yenyen’ vase, with unusually flared neck, the neck and body each brightly painted with a supplicant before an empress and her courtiers in a pavilion within a continuous garden, cash mark within a double circle to the base, 40.5cm high.

Condition:  chips to rim and footrim, fire crack across mark picked out in copper red.

清康熙年间青花yenyen 花瓶。高40.5厘米。
状况:口沿及足圈缺口,烧裂纹被涂成铜红色并横穿标志。


LOT 03 – £400-600

A Song dynasty circular brush washer of Junyao type, covered in a milky greyish green glaze draining from the mottled brown rim, the underside with glazed footrim enclosing three spur marks, possibly in imitation of ru ware, 11.5cm diameter.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; John Sparks Ltd; Oriental Ceramics Society 1960 Exhibition item 45; reference 20; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL197.

Condition:  glaze cracks and slight pitting, slight scratching around spur marks,
restored chip to rim and to footrim.

宋钧窑式圆形笔洗。 直径11.5cm.

状况:釉裂纹及少量凹点,支钉附近轻微刮伤,口沿和圈足修复。


LOT 04 – £150-250

A Song/Yuan dynasty Junyao two-handled jar, stoutly potted, covered in a thick lavender glaze with a total of four flambé splashes, to the handles and between, pooling towards the pale brown unglazed base and foot, 11cm high approximately.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; Radcliffe Collection item 88; reference 22; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL198.

Condition:  two areas of grinding to the side to remove kiln accretions.

宋/元朝钧窑双柄罐。高约11厘米。

状况:两处打磨除去烧窑附着物。


LOT 05 – £150-250

A Song dynasty Juluxian lobed jar, covered in a crackled glaze over a white slip stopping well short of the foot to reveal the pale grey body, 10cm high.

Labels:  Bluett & Sons; reference 12; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL194.

Condition:  staining, three restored chips to rim.

宋朝钜鹿县花形罐 。高10cm。

状况:斑痕,口沿三处缺口修复。


LOT 06 – £400-600

A pair of small Song dynasty Dingyao dishes,  each with hexalobed unglazed rim,

one 9.7cm diameter, the other 9.6 – 9.9cm across.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; John Sparks Ltd; reference 26;
Nottingam Castle Museum loan HHL200.

Condition:  slight spotting, frits to one.

一对宋朝定窑小盘。 口径:9.7cm ; 9.64 到9.9cm。

状况:轻微斑点,其中一个小磨伤。


LOT 07 – £60-80

A Song dynasty Yingqing shallow bowl of hexalobed form, 

10.7cm diameter approximately.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; B and V Lake Collection item 71;
Bluett & Sons; reference 25; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL199.

Condition:  slight spotting and wear, rim frits, small chip and short crack.

宋影青六花形浅碗。 直径约10.7cm。

状况:少量斑点及磨损,口沿小磨伤,小缺口和短裂纹。


LOT 08 – £400-600

A flower-shaped bowl of Yingqing type,  perhaps Song dynasty, with lobed rim, finely moulded inside and out as an open bloom, the well with a flower, the whole

covered in a widely crackled clear glaze of faint blue tone, the foot unglazed showing the pale cream body, 12.4cm diameter.

Labels: Mrs O Harriman Collection; John Sparks Ltd; reference 44; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL207.

Condition:  slight internal flaw, slight discolouration, chips to footrim.

影青类花形碗,或宋朝。 直径12.4cm.

状况:内微小缺陷,轻微变色,圈足缺口。


LOT 09 – £400-600

A late Northern Song dynasty Yaozhou celadon small bowl, of conical form, the interior moulded with scrolling flowering peony under a finely bubbled lustrous glaze, 11cm high approximately.

Labels:  reference 9; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL192.

Condition:  brown spot to interior and exterior, slight glaze cracks.

北宋晚期耀州窑青釉瓷小碗。直径11.5厘米。

状况:内外褐色斑点,微小釉裂纹


LOT 10 – £100-200

A Song dynasty Longquan celadon vase of ‘kinuta’ form, covered in an even grey-green glaze with grit adhering round the foot, 15.5cm high.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; reference 10;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL193.

Condition:  imperfectly fired, with unglazed spot to neck and unglazed areas beneath
the rim, black spot to one side, glaze cracks, large gold lacquer repair to mouth,
chips to footrim.

宋龙泉窑青釉花瓶。高 15.5厘米。

状况:烧制欠缺,颈部一点及口沿下无釉。边有黑点,釉裂纹,

大量金漆修补口沿,圈足缺口。


LOT 11 – £500-800

A Song/Yuan dynasty Longquan celadon twin-fish shallow bowl, the centre with two scaly fish in relief, the rounded sides with everted rim, the underside carved with stiff leaves, all under a sea green glaze, 21.4cm diameter.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; John Sparks Ltd; reference 7;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL190

Condition:  unglazed spots, worn, chip to inside of footrim.

宋/元朝龙泉窑青釉双鱼浅碗。直径21.4厘米。

状况:无釉点,磨损,内圈足缺口。


LOT 12 – £1000-1500

A late Shang/early Western Zhou dynasty bronze ceremonial wine beaker zhi,
of oval baluster form cast to either side with a taotie mask, the interior with inscription, the whole with encrustation varying in colour from dark brown to malachite green, 12.2cm high.

Condition:  old chips to rim and footrim, slight crack, two small casting holes to side.

商晚期/西周早期青铜礼仪觯(注:读音zhi , 古代饮酒器皿)。

高 12.2厘米。

状况:口沿和圈足历史遗留缺口,细裂缝,侧两小铸造孔。


LOT 13 – £100-200

A Han dynasty pottery jar of approximate baluster form, covered in a mottled green glaze, now with large areas of iridescence, 36cm high, with later copper liner.

Label:  Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL201.

Condition:  abrasions, extensive crack.

汉陶罐。高36cm。

状况:擦伤,多裂纹。


LOT 14 – £200-300

A Tang dynasty white porcelain jar,  of compressed rounded form, covered in a clear glaze over a white slip stopping well short of the flat base, 16cm high.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; reference 15;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL196.

Condition:  wear and pitting, some grinding to shoulder and lip, crack to body.

唐白瓷罐。高16cm。

状况:磨损及凹点,肩,唇碾磨,身体裂纹。


LOT 15 – £300-400

A Song dynasty or Western Xia small Cizhou cut-glaze jar, with a bold band of
stylised foliage in chocolate brown against the pale buff unglazed ground, the interior and base similarly chocolate glazed,9.3cm high.

Label:  Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL189.

Condition:  short firing cracks to rim.

宋或西夏磁州窑刻釉小罐。 高 9.3厘米

状况:口沿短烧裂纹。


LOT 16 – £60-80

A Qing dynasty Fujian blanc-de-chine miniature vase, 17th/18th century, applied with two sprigs of bamboo in relief, 6.9cm high.

Label:  Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL206.

Condition:  slight grey spotting.

清闽白瓷微型花瓶。高 6.9厘米。

状况:少量灰斑。


LOT 17

LOT  WITHDRAWN


LOT 18 – £500-800

A Ming dynasty blue and white saucerdish, 16th century, loosely painted with a peacock  standing between flowering peony, within a border of chrysanthemum scrolls, the underside with peony scrolls in similar style, 31.8cm diameter.

Labels:  John Sparks Ltd; reference 74/59 (probably Bristol City Museum loan);
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL213.

Condition:  minor unglazed spots and blemishes, chips to inside of footrim,
faint tiny crack at rim, crack across base.

明16世纪青花浅盘。直径31.8cm。

状况:少许无釉点及瑕疵,圈足底内侧缺口,口沿细微

裂纹,裂纹横跨底部。


LOT 19 – £1000-1500

A Ming dynasty Jiajing mark and period small blue and white bowl, the flat centre painted within pencilled outlines with a crane in flight above lotus and bamboo within a double circle repeated below the rim, the exterior with a continuous scene of birds swimming and in flight and groups of lotus, the concave base with six-character mark, the slight footrim edged in burnt orange,
10.4cm diameter approximately.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; reference 71;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL219.

Condition:  slightly misshapen, chip at rim repaired in gold lacquer.

明万历年间标志青花浅盘。直径约17.8cm。

状况:略畸形,微小凹痕,靠近图中坐立之人釉瑕疵,

口沿小磨伤及微小缺口。


LOT 20 – £3000-4000

A Ming dynasty Wanli mark and period blue and white saucerdish, crisply painted in tones of blue within pencilled outlines with a seated sage and attendant under a pine tree by a lake, within a border of dragons and phoenix, the underside with six sprays of fruit or flowers, the base with six-character mark within a double ring, 17.8cm approximately.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; reference 66;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL217.

Condition:  slightly misshapen, slight pitting, glaze blemish by sage, frits and slight chips to rim.

明嘉靖年代标志小青花碗。直径约10.4cm。

状况:略畸形,金漆修复口沿缺口。


LOT 21 – £1500-2500

A Ming dynasty Wanli mark and period blue and white mantou xin bowl, painted in a bright blue within pencilled outlines with a single phoenix to the interior and with two phoenix to the exterior, six-character mark within a double ring to the base, 13cm diameter approximately.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; reference 65;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL216.

Condition:  interior with worn blemishes, slight abrasions and pitting, rim ground
and with vestigial fritting and chips.

明万历年间标志青花馒头心碗。直径约13cm。

状况:内磨损瑕疵,轻微擦伤及凹痕,口沿碾磨并仍呈磨伤及缺口痕迹。


LOT 22 – £5000-8000

A rare Ming dynasty Wanli mark and period polychrome tiny shallow bowl, incised and enamelled on the biscuit with a vase of flowers within a border of Buddhist emblems in yellow and aubergine against the bright green ground, the reverse reserved with sprays of lingzhi fungus, and with six-character mark within a double circle to the base, all in yellow against a similar green ground, 6.6cm diameter, contained within a ‘guri’ cinnabar lacquer circular box carved with a hammerhead design to the base and cover, and with removable yellow silk lining.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; reference 61;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL214.

Condition:  lacquer box with cracks and restoration.

Note:  A larger dish of this type was sold at Bonhams London, 14 May 2009, lot 46.

稀有明万历年间标志彩瓷小浅碗。直径6.6厘米,装在朱砂红漆圆盒中。

状况:裂纹及修复漆盒


LOT 23 – £1500-2500

A Ming dynasty Wanli mark and period imperial yellow bowl, of rounded form with everted rim, the white base with six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue, 13.7 – 14cm across.

Labels:  Oriental Ceramics Society 1948? (indistinct) Exhibition item 165;
reference 55; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL211.

Condition:  slightly misshapen, colour slightly streaky and uneven, faint pale brown stain across mark, two chips and short crack to rim.

Note:  With copy receipt from Bluett & Sons dated 12 February 1947 presumed to
specify this bowl, at a price of £25.

明万历年间标志御用黄色碗。口径13.7cm 到14cm.

状况:略畸形,颜色略显条纹及不均匀,浅淡棕色斑痕穿过标志,

口沿两处缺口及短裂纹。


LOT 24 – £8000-12,000

A Qing dynasty Yongzheng mark and period imperial yellow saucerdish, the footrim a pale orange in imitation of Ming wares, the white base with six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue, 13.1 diameter.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; Bluett & Sons; reference 51;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL209.

Condition:  faint crackle to yellow enamel, slight pitting and spotting, slight frits to footrim.

清雍正年间标志御用黄色浅盘。 直径13.1厘米。

状况:黄色釉浅裂纹,细小凹痕和斑痕,足圈微小磨伤。


LOT 25 – £6000-8000

A Ming dynasty Zhengde mark and period yellow-ground saucerdish, painted in tones of underglaze blue with a spray of gardenia within a double ring, the border with lotus, vine, peach and pomegranate, the exterior with a continuous flowering leafy stem, all reserved against a rich yellow enamel ground, the white base with
six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue,
19.9cm diameter.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; reference 54; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL210.

Condition:  areas of wear, glaze blemishes to base, crack to rim.

明正德年间标志黄底浅盘。直径19.9cm。

状况:磨损,底部釉瑕疵,口沿裂纹。


LOT 26 – £3000-5000

A Ming dynasty Hongzhi mark and period green dragon dish, with slightly everted rim, the interior with a writhing five-clawed dragon among cloud in green enamel over incised unglazed detail and with green line borders, the exterior with two further dragons among cloud in similar technique but additionally incised with an underglaze wave pattern, the base with six-character mark within a double circle,
20.8cm diameter approximately.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; reference 62;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL215.

Condition:  some pale brown staining, clear enamel spot to base, short crack to rim.

明弘治年间标志绿龙盘。直径约20.8厘米。

状况:一些浅棕色斑痕,底部清晰釉斑点,口沿短裂纹。


LOT 27 – £4000-6000

A Ming dynasty Jiajing mark and period blue and white dragon dish, with slightly everted rim, densely painted with a five-clawed dragon writhing amongst scrolling flowers within a border of two further dragons among flowers, the exterior similarly decorated with two dragons and flowers and with key-fret band to the foot, six-character mark within a double circle to the base, 19.5cm diameter.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; Oriental Ceramics Society 1954 Exhibition item 146; reference 72; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL220.

Condition:  two unglazed spots burnt orange to interior border and two similar but tiny spots to exterior, faint abrasions, surface cross scratching over mark.

明嘉靖年间标志青花龙盘。 直径19.5厘米。

状况:内侧边两无釉点烧成橙色,外侧边亦有 极小两相似点,

浅擦伤,表面交叉痕刮过标志。


LOT 28 – £1000-1500

A Ming dynasty Jiajing mark and period blue-enamelled dish, with slightly everted rim, covered inside and out in a faintly mottled blue with orange peel surface, the white base with six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue, 20.6cm diameter.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; Oriental Ceramics Society (illegible date)
Exhibition item 244?; reference 59; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL212.

Condition:  interior partially bloomed and with some abrasion, restored chip to
underside of rim.

明嘉靖年间标志蓝釉盘。直径20.6厘米。

状况:内部分呈白色并有擦伤,口沿下缺口修补。


LOT 29 – £20,000-30,000

A rare Ming dynasty Xuande mark and period blue and white dice bowl, heavily potted, the exterior finely painted with two five-clawed dragons among cloud below a border of foaming waves, a lappet band below, the undecorated interior with central six-character mark within a double circle and with a double line border at the rim, the slightly recessed base unglazed, 26 – 27cm across.

Labels:  John Sparks Ltd; Oriental Ceramics Society 1948 Exhibition item 81;
Venice 1954 Exhibition item 647;  references 35/22, No. 3, and 77;
Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL223.

Condition:  slightly misshapen, slight pitting, interior and rim abraded, small glaze chips and larger ground-out chips to inner rim, slight glaze chips and large
ground-out chip to outer rim, slight fire crack to rim.

Note:  Other examples were sold at Christie’s London, 18 June 2002, lot 187, and at
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 10 April 2006, lot 1659; and a further example was offered at
Christie’s New York, 22 March 2007, lot 299.

罕见明宣德年间标志青花骰子碗。口径 26到27厘米。

状况:略畸形,细小凹痕,内侧及口沿磨损,内口沿细小釉伤及大缺口

碾磨,外口沿轻微釉伤及大缺口碾磨,口沿细微火烧裂纹。


LOT 30 – £15,000-20,000

A Ming dynasty Yongle period blue and white ‘lotus bouquet’ saucerdish, finely painted with a ribbon-tied spray of lotus and other plants surrounded by a floral scroll below a wave border, the exterior with a band of scrolling lotus and other flowers between classic scroll and key-fret bands, all in a typical blue varying from pale to inky black, the unglazed base burnt a mottled orange, 31.1cm diameter approximately.

Labels:  reference 76; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL222.

Condition:  slight abrasion to interior, wear to rim, crack to rim.

明永乐年间青花莲花盘。直径约31.1厘米。

状况:内轻微擦伤,口沿磨损及裂纹。


LOT 31 – £40,000-60,000

A very rare Ming dynasty Hongwu period underglaze copper red bowl, painted with a central peony within a broad band of scrolling chrysanthemum below a
key-fret border, the exterior with scrolling peony between key-fret bands to the rim and foot, all in a colour varying from grey to pale pink, the footrim and also unglazed parts of the rim burnt orange, 20cm diameter approximately, 9.5cm high approximately.

Labels:  Mrs O Harriman Collection; Oriental Ceramics Society (illegible date) Exhibition item 155; Venice 1954 Exhibition item 599; references 35/22,
nos 2 and 75; Nottingham Castle Museum loan HHL221.

Note:  A similar example, but of superior colour, is in the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

极 罕 见 明 洪 武 年 间 釉 里 红 碗 。直 径 约 20cm。


Auction Sales Results

  • Sold Thursday 17th May 2012

Lot:

  1. £4,000
  2. £5,500
  3. £75,000
  4. £2,000
  5. £1,500
  6. £3,750
  7. £1,000
  8. £7,000
  9. £6,000
  10. £8,000
  11. £28,000
  12. £1,400
  13. £100
  14. £1,200
  15. £1,800
  16. £100
  17. Withdrawn
  18. £1,000
  19. £16,000
  20. £34,000
  21. £10,000
  22. £62,000
  23. £24,000
  24. £28,000
  25. £65,000
  26. £55,000
  27. £160,000
  28. £30,000
  29. £1,400,000
  30. £95,000
  31. £850,000

Total          £2,976,350

(100% SOLD)