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    Sale 13753

    Collected in America: Chinese Ceramics from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    15 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 808

    A CIZHOU-TYPE CREAM-GLAZED CENSER

    NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-12TH CENTURY

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    A CIZHOU-TYPE CREAM-GLAZED CENSER
    NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-12TH CENTURY
    The cylindrical cup is raised on a waisted stem rising from a spreading pedestal foot and surmounted by a slightly curved, wide everted rim, the whole is covered with a white slip and clear glaze that continues over the raised mouth rim and the interior is left unglazed.
    5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) wide


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    Cizhou-type vessels of this shape are believed to have evolved from metal prototypes. Although no metal vessel appears to have survived in China, bronze vessels of this type, but of slightly different shape, have been preserved in Korea, an example of which is illustrated by Y. Mino and K.R. Tsiang, Freedom of Clay and Brush Through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz'u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D., Indianapolis, 1981, p. 72, fig. 55.
    A very similar censer is illustrated in the catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition of The Charles B. Hoyt Collection, 13 February-30 March 1952, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, p. 70, no. 277. See, also, the example illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, vol. l, London, 1994, pp. 260-1, no. 476, where it is linked to Juluxian, because of its smooth, creamy surface.

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    Provenance

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accessioned in 1925 (Fletcher Fund).