A ‘Henan’ russet-painted black-glazed meiping, Song dynasty. Photo Sotheby's.

the tapering body rising to a flanged neck and narrowed rim, freely painted in broad russet strokes with floral sprays, all reserved on a rich lustrous black glaze stopping unevenly just short of the foot - 25.5cm., 10in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 14 May 2014 - www.sothebys.com