A green-glazed painted 'Cizhou' vase, meiping. Northern Song-Jin Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's

the slender body gently rising from the foot and curving to a well defined shoulder, surmounted by a short neck and beveled rim, painted freely with flowers and leaves between solid bands and wavy lines, applied overall with an rich translucent green glaze. Height 13 1/4 in., 33.7 cm. Estimation: 30,000 - 40,000 USD - Unsold.

PROVENANCE: John Sparks, Ltd., London, circa 1967.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 11 sept. 2012 www.sothebys.com