A fine Hetian black-glazed russet-painted bottle vase, Jin dynasty (1115-1234)

Lot 150. A fine Hetian black-glazed russet-painted bottle vase, Jin dynasty (1115-1234); 11 1/2in (29.3cm) high. Estimate US$ 6,000 - 9,000 (€ 5,100 - 7,700). Sold Price: 9,375 USD. © Bonhams 2001-2018

The elegant pear-shaped body rising from a short flared foot to a trumpet neck with rolled rim, the surfaces covered with a lustrous brown-black glaze neatly wiped from the foot pad, the body freely painted with stylized foliage.

Note: A similar bottle vase in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, is illustrated in Robert D. Mowry, Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Cambridge, 1995, no. 52, where the author notes on p. 160 that bottles with painted decoration, without context and without painted borders relate closely to stylized floral designs on standard Cizhou bottles produced from the late 12th or early 13th century, and therefore must date to the Jin period.

Bonhams. CHINESE WORKS OF ART AND PAINTINGS, 10 Sep 2018, 10:00 EDT, NEW YORK