A Henan 'rouletted' ovoid jar, Northern Song dynasty, 12th century

Lot 1130. A Henan 'rouletted' ovoid jar, Northern Song dynasty, 12th century, 4 in. (9.8 cm.) high Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000Price realised USD 5,625 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The ovoid body is decorated with rows of oblique striations rouletted through a purplish-brown slip to the white under slip that also covers the mouth and base, all under a clear glaze. The interior is covered with the same purplish-brown slip under a clear glaze.

ProvenancePriestley & Ferraro, London, 1 December 2001.
Peter Scheinman (1932-2017) Collection, New York.

NoteA number of similar jars of comparable size and with this unusual 'rouletted' decoration have been published. See, for example, the jar with matching cover in The Seattle Art Museum, included in the exhibition, Chinese Ceramics from the Prehistoric Period through Ch'ien Lung, Los Angeles County Museum, 14 March - 27 April, 1952, no. 227; the jar illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. I, Geneva, 1999, p. 66, no. 22; the jar in The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics from the Hakutoh-ro Collection, Osaka, 2003, p. 34, no. 87; the example in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and formerly in the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Collection, illustrated by R. D. Jacobson, Appreciating China, Minneapolis, 2002, no. 118; and the jar formerly in the F. Brodie and Enid Lodge Collection, sold at Sotheby's, London, 7 June 2000, lot 137.

Jar with Rouletted Decoration, 11th-12th century, Song dynasty

Jar with Rouletted Decoration, 11th-12th century, Song dynasty. Cizhou ware. Stoneware with white slip and brown overslip with carved decoration under clear glaze; 3-7/8 x 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 in. (9.8 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm). Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton, 2001.135.3.Minneapolis Institute of Arts © 2014 Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Over twenty decorative techniques were used at Cizhou and Cizhou type kilns throughout north China. Probably from Pao-feng in Henan province, this jar is ornamented in the scraffito manner with an olive-brown overslip carved through to a white slip with a roulette creating bands of short oblique strokes in close-packed rows all under a clear glaze.

Only a few jars decorated in this unusual manner are recorded. They can all be assigned northern origins and may have come from the same kiln. This small vessel is a testament to the decorative ingenuity of Cizhou potters who, with a palette limited mainly to brown-and-white, created an enormous variety of appealing designs.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York

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the ovoid body rising from a straight foot to a wide neck, the grey stoneware body covered with a creamy-white slip and a dark chocolate-brown overslip, cut to the body with a roulette forming bands of short oblique strokes in close-packed rows, the exterior applied with a clear glaze and the interior with a cascaded greenish-brown glaze.

A ‘Cizhou’ ‘Rouletted’ jar, Northern Song dynasty, lot 20

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the ovoid body rising from a straight foot to a wide neck, the pale stoneware body covered with a creamy white slip and a dark chocolate-brown overslip, cut to the body with a roulette forming bands of short oblique strokes in close-packed rows, the exterior applied with a clear glaze and the interior with a cascaded greenish-brown glaze, Japanese wood box.

ProvenanceMayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo.

 

A small ‘Cizhou’ ‘Rouletted’ jar, Northern Song dynasty

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 the ovoid body rising from a short straight foot to a wide neck, the gray stoneware body covered with a creamy-white slip and a dark chocolate-brown overslip, cut to the body with a roulette forming bands of short oblique strokes in close-packed rows, the exterior applied with a clear glaze and the interior with a cascaded brown glaze.