A rare large cizhou painted ‘floral’ vase, meiping, Jin dynasty (1115-1234)

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Lot 3123. A rare large Cizhou painted ‘floral’ vase, meiping, Jin dynasty (1115-1234), 16 ¾ in. (42.5 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000. Price realised HKD 1,062,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The elongated ovoid vase is elegantly modelled with an overturned mouth rim. It is finely decorated on the exterior with floral scrolls growing from a feathery foliage meander. It is further decorated with radiating S-shaped motifs on the sloping shoulder between bowstring bands, and repeated with three broad cylindrical bands above the tapered foot. 

ProvenanceProperty from the Dexinshuwu Collection.

Exhibited: Chang Wei-Hwa & Company, Pottery Architectural Structures, Taipei, 2000, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 25

Note: Cizhou painted vases of this large size are remarkably rare, and only one other example of this size and design appears to be known, which was sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 2-3 June 2016, lot 665. It is interesting to note the technique in the use of fine feathery motif denoting foliage on the present vase, which appears to be an effective design for slender Cizhou vases. It is noted that vases decorated with this design, rendered in quick, flicking brush strokes are characteristics of wares made in the Yuxian kilns in Henan. Compare to two further similar examples illustrated by Tsugio Mikami in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 13, Shogakukan, 1981, p. 239, no. 256 (49.2 cm.) in the collection of the Tomioka Art Museum; and p. 239, no. 257 (35.2 cm.).

Christie's. The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 31 May 2017, Convention Hall