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A CIZHOU BALUSTER VASE
A CIZHOU BALUSTER VASE

NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-12TH CENTURY

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A CIZHOU BALUSTER VASE
NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-12TH CENTURY
Thickly potted, the bulbous body tapering sharply towards the flared foot and the trumpet neck rising to a rolled rim, covered with a white slip under a clear glaze that continues inside the neck
8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Mrs. Evelyn Thudium Collection, Arkansas.
Henry Stern, New Orleans, March 1967.
Exhibited
Huntsville Museum of Art, Art of China and Japan, 1977, no. 30.
New Orleans Museum of Art, Heaven and Earth Seen Within, 2000, no. 20.

Lot Essay

This trumpet-necked vase with rolled rim is associated with a group of wares recovered from the dwelling site of Zhuluxian, Hebei province, which was destroyed by floods in 1108. Similar vases are in the collection of Mrs. C. G. Seligman and illustrated by J. Ayers, The Seligman Collection of Oriental Art, vol. II, Chinese and Korean Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1964, pl. XXIX, D72, and in the Tokyo National Museum, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 11, Tokyo, 1982, no. 77.

A vase of this distinctive shape, but decorated in the sgraffito technique, was recently uncovered at the Cizhou kiln site in Guantai, Hebei province in a stratum dated to the mid-12th century, and is illustrated in Guantai Cizhou Yaozhi, Beijing, 1997, col. pl. IX:2 and pl. 123.
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