P.S.MUNN, ARUNDEL CASTLE 19TH C.
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Recently acquired from the life time collection of PH LUNG DS Wikramaratna who was born in Ceylon in 1916 and later moved to London. During his life he built up an extensive collection of Far-Eastern, and mainly Chinese, ceramics, although by no means limited in scope. As a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society he obviously had a fascination with early forms and glazes and had a wonderful eye choosing carefully pieces which had a story to tell. Over the years, PH gave many fine pieces to museums; they can be seen at the British Museum, Victoria and Albert, Ashmolean and Fitzwilliam. He died at the end of 2010 and we have been very fortunate in acquiring more than 150 examples from this choice collection. This is a rare opportunity both for the novice collector and the more experienced buyer to acquire fresh to market and choice examples. We have done our best to identify pieces where possible but leave suggest that interested buyers view our supporting photographs and send us any questions they may have. An unusual Chinese stoneware tea bowl decorated with a Hare’s fur design below a grey glazed rim and dating to the Song Dynasty 12-13th century. This Chien ware bowl originates from the Fukien Province and is heavily potted of brownish-grey coarse grained stoneware and is of rounded shape with square cut foot and shallow base. The bowl is covered in a thick reddish brown and black glaze pooling to the inside with a light grey coloured glaze applied around the rim. The black glaze has a very fine hare’s fur effect to the inside of the bowl. To the exterior the glaze stops short of the foot rim in an uneven line with a thick welt forming heavy drops with a similar hare’s fur effect. Lumps of kiln-sand adhere to the foot.
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