A rare carved Qingbai vase, meiping, Southern Song Dynasty, 12th century

Lot 1119. A rare carved Qingbai vase, meiping, Southern Song Dynasty, 12th century. A rare carved Qingbai vase, meiping, Southern Song Dynasty, 12th century, 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000Price realised USD 32,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 

The tapering ovoid body carved with three six-lobed medallions enclosing peony sprigs reserved on a rouletted ground, separated by small foliate scrolls, all between cloud collar-like borders above and below, covered with a glaze of pale blue tone continuing over the lipped rim.

ProvenanceBluett & Sons Ltd., London, 14 February 1989. 

Note: The carved decoration on this meiping is very rare. However, a qingbai meiping of Southern Song date, carved with similar decoration, is illustrated in the catalogue for the exhibition, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, Japan, 1992, p. 59, no. 50.   

Christie's. Magnificent Qing Monochrome Porcelains and Earlier Works of Art from the Gordon Collection, 24 March 2011, New York