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A RARE GRAYISH-OLIVE-GLAZED PROTO-PORCELAIN FLUTED GLOBULAR JAR

WARRING STATES PERIOD

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A RARE GRAYISH-OLIVE-GLAZED PROTO-PORCELAIN FLUTED GLOBULAR JAR
Warring States Period
Of compressed ovoid form, the sides encircled by a wide band of crisply cut, narrow, vertical flutes, a second, narrower band on the high shoulder applied with two molded mask handles terminating in a loop suspending a loose ring, all below a short, upright neck with slightly inward-canted rim, the thin irregularly mottled glaze of dark olive-green tone on the upper body continuing over the mouth rim
14½in. (36.8cm.) across, box
Literature
The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 1
The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics I: Neolithic to Liao, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 8
Exhibited
Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Selected Treasures of Chinese Art, Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, November 30, 1990 - February 10, 1991, no. 78
Singapore, The Empress Place Museum of Art, Gems of Chinese Art, Selections of Ceramics and Bronzes from the Tsui Art Foundation, 1992 - 1995, no. 12
Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong Art Gallery, Art Treasures from Shanghai and Hong Kong, November 1996 - January 1997, p. 81, no. 13

Lot Essay

A similar jar of the same proportions, also with applique handles on the shoulder, but minus the loose rings, from the collection of Sir Herbert and Lady Ingram was included in the exhibition, Arte Cinese, Venice, 1954, Catalogue, p. 92, no. 285. Others of the same type, but with differences in the handles, are also published: one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Suzanne Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, rev. ed., p. 26, no. 30; one in the Ashmolean Museum, William Watson, Pre-Tang Ceramics of China, London, 1991, p. 117, no. 74; one by Mitsuru Uragami, Ancient Chinese Ceramics from the Neolithic Period to the Western Han, vol. II, Tokyo, 1994, p. 68, no. 110; and another by Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 1, London, 1994, p. 86, no. 132

The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C97c70 is consistent with the dating of this lot
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