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A CIZHOU BROWN-DECORATED BOWL
A CIZHOU BROWN-DECORATED BOWL

LATE NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-EARLY 12TH CENTURY

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A CIZHOU BROWN-DECORATED BOWL
LATE NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-EARLY 12TH CENTURY
Thickly potted with rounded sides rising to a collared, sloping rim, covered with a white slip and transparent glaze falling in an irregular line on the body to expose the grey ware and decorated with five abstract flowers, each formed by six dots of olive-brown glaze
4¾ in. (12 cm.) across, box
Provenance
Estate of Emmanuel Gran; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 23 October 1970, lot 76
Warren E. Cox, New York, October 1971.
Exhibited
Huntsville Museum of Art, Art of China and Japan, 1977, no. 33, p. 25.
New Orleans Museum of Art, Heaven and Earth Seen Within, 2000, no. 21.

Lot Essay

Dotted motifs are among the most common forms of decoration associated with the major kiln site of Guantai in Southern Hebei province from the latter half of the tenth to mid-twelfth centuries. A number of similar bowls dated to the first half of the twelfth century have been recovered from Guantai. See, Wenwu, 1990:4, p. 10, pl. 19, and a line drawing, p. 9, fig. 18:18, and Wenwu, 1964:8, p. 41, fig. 8:3. A similarly decorated small jar from the collection of Dr. Paul Singer is illustrated by Y. Mino, Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China; Tzu'chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D., Indianapolis, 1980, p. 115, along with a bowl similar to the present example, recovered from a Song site in Zhuluxian, p. 114, fig. 117. Another bowl, very similar to the Barron bowl, in the Ashmolean Museum is illustrated by M. Tregear, Song Ceramics, New York, 1982, p. 13, fig. 4.
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