20 September 2002
A VERY RARE BLACK AND RUSSET 'PARTRIDGE-FEATHER'-GLAZED BALUSTER VASE
Northern Song/Jin dynasty, 12th century
The bulbous, tapering ovoid body surmounted by a trumpet neck rising to a rolled rim, covered with a lustrous black glaze splashed in russet with 'partridge feather mottles' falling in an irregular line above the spreading pedestal foot to expose the pale grey body
11 1/8in. (28.1cm.) high
Sotheby's, London, 13 December 1955, lot 23, Alfred Schoenlicht Collection.
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Friends of Asiatic Art Exhibition, Amsterdam, 1936.
On loan: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
While the distinctive shape of this vase is well known in Cizhou wares, black-glazed examples are very rare, especially those accented with russet splashes, and no other comparable vase appears to have been published.
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