• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 327

    A CIZHOU BROWN-GLAZED SGRAFFIATO JAR

    JIN/YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY

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    A CIZHOU BROWN-GLAZED SGRAFFIATO JAR
    JIN/YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY
    Of swelling ovoid form with short tapering mouth rim, carved through the thick dark brown glaze with a wide band of stylized peony scroll below a narrow band of foliate scroll on the shoulder and above overlapping petals at the ring foot
    9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high, Japanese wood box


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    This jar is of a type commonly used to hold wine and is decorated using a technique employed at several kilns in north China. The technique of fully glazing the vessels and then cutting away or incising the design through the glaze before firing produced a dramatic design. Such designs owed their impact not only to the contrast between the pale color of the revealed body material and the rich dark brown of the glaze, but to the contrast between the slightly rough matte texture of the body and the silky gloss of the glaze.

    Two brown-glazed jars of this shape with similar carved designs are illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 1, London, 1994, p. 251, nos. 454 and 455.

    Provenance

    Private Japanese collection prior to World War II.