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    Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 153

    A RARE GREEN-GLAZED CIZHOU SGRAFFIATO 'PEONY' VASE

    NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY, OR LATER

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    A RARE GREEN-GLAZED CIZHOU SGRAFFIATO 'PEONY' VASE
    NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY, OR LATER
    The well-balanced baluster body supported on a high splayed foot and with a tall tapering neck ending on a wide rolled-out everted rim, delicately carved and incised with two large peony blooms borne on leafy stems, all above a band of overlapping petals at the base
    11 in. (31 cm.) high


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    Green-glazed Cizhou vases of this shape and decoration are extremely rare, with only a few extant examples in public collections. Compare a similar vase included in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 12, Tokyo, 1977, p. 242, fig. 237; and another from the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, exhibited Song Ceramics, Tobu Museum of Art, 1999, cat. no. 102. See also a further similar example from the Idemitsu Museum, Tokyo, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Museum Collection, Tokyo, 1986, pl. 117.

    Compare also a very similar vase in the Baur Collection, Geneva, illustrated in J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Chinese Ceramics I, Switzerland, 1968, pl. A78, where the author refers to a further similar vase from Mrs. A. Clarke collection illustrated in Oriental Ceramics Society Exhibition catalogue, Arts of the Sung Dynasty, 1960, no. 37, pl.40

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    Provenance

    Acquired by a European collector from Kusaka Shogado in Japan in the 1930's and thence by descent.