A brown-splashed yellow-glazed 'Tiger skin' vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 1139. A brown-splashed yellow-glazed 'Tiger skin' vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279), 5 ¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000Price realised USD 6,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The pear-shaped body is covered overall with a dark brown and chestnut 'tiger skin' glaze.

ProvenanceJ. J. Lally & Co., New York, 12 September 2005.
Peter Scheinman (1932-2017) Collection, New York

NoteJizhou wares were much admired in the Song dynasty and were imitated by other kilns, including the Tushan kilns in Sichuan province. The somewhat glassy and transparent appearance of the glaze on this rare jar indicates that it may be a product of these kilns. A conical bowl from the Falk Collection with a similar glassy brown-splashed glaze, also dated to the Southern Song dynasty, was sold at Christie’s New York, 16 October 2001, lot 94.

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