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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 545

    A RUSSET-DECORATED OVOID VASE, MEIPING

    JIN/YUAN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RUSSET-DECORATED OVOID VASE, MEIPING
    JIN/YUAN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY
    The tapering ovoid body covered with a lustrous black glaze and painted in reddish-brown with two phoenixes amongst flower sprays, all below the short, double-ringed neck
    10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) high, box


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    Vessels of this type, with these distinctive small, double-ringed lips, are known as xiakou ping (small-mouthed bottles) and were probably sealed with a fabric-wrapped wooden dowel and used for storing wine and other liquids. Typically dark-glazed, such bottles are often painted in russet or rust-brown slip with abstract floral decoration or designs suggestive of birds in flight, such as that seen on the present example, characteristically rendered with vigorous calligraphic strokes. The present example, however, is distinguished by its elegant, elongated tapering ovoid body rather than the more characteristic squat, globular body. A bottle of this latter type, from the collection of Robert M. Ferris IV, with similarly painted birds in flight rendered in russet against a black glaze, is illustrated by R. Mowry, Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, Cambridge, 1996, p. 162, no. 53. Another black-glazed example painted with birds in russet is published by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 1, London, 1994, p. 255, no. 465.

    Provenance

    The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK COLLECTION