Lot 225. A 'Henan' black-glazed and russet-painted meiping, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Height 7 1/4 in., 18.4 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.
of slightly compressed form, rising from a narrow foot and dramatically sweeping outward to the angled shoulder beneath the low, ribbed neck, covered overall in a lustrous black glaze and painted at the shoulder in russet tones with two abstract soaring birds, the recessed base unglazed revealing the buff-colored body.
Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1985.
Note: Compare a similar Yuan dynasty black-glazed russet-splashed meiping of this type sold at Christie's New York, 4th June 1987, lot 246.