Lot 731. A painted Cizhou jar, Yuan dynasty, 14th century, 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 10,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
The jar has a tapering, broad-shouldered body is decorated in brownish-black on a cream slip with three lobed panels, one containing a figure of a scholar, another containing a crane and another a lotus, all between wavy line borders at the shoulder, neck and foot. The rim and the interior are covered with a brown glaze.
Provenance: Christie's London, 11 and 13 June, 1990, lot 81.
Note: A similar Cizhou jar decorated with an almost identical figure of a robed scholar in a cartouche is in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World’s Great Collections, Vol. 9, Tokyo, 1981, no. 84. Another similar jar is illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, p. 144, no. 139, and a further example is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, 1976, p. 217, no. 658, and subsequently sold at Christie’s New York, 17 March 2017, lot 1174.
Cizhou or Cizhou-type ware wine jar, Ming dynasty, 15th century. Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under colorless transparent glaze. H x W: 31 x 31.6 cm (12 3/16 x 12 7/16 in). China, Henan province, Yuzhou, Yuzhou kilns. Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1904.152a-b © 2017 Smithsonian Institution
A painted Cizhou jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), 13 ¾ in. (35 cm.) diam. Sold for 68,750 USD at Christie’s New York, 17 March 2017, lot 1174. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
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