Lot 757. A Cizhou-type russet-decorated blackish-brown-glazed bottle, xiaokou ping, Jin dynasty, 13th century; 8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high. Estimate $4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realized $15,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The broad ovoid bottle is covered with a blackish-brown glaze and is freely painted in russet with a leafy chrysanthemum spray. The bottom of the foot is unglazed, Japanese double wood box.
Provenance: A Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1990s.
Note: Ovoid bottles of this type, with these distinctive small, ringed mouths, are termed xiaokou ping (small-mouthed bottles), and were probably sealed with a fabric-wrapped dowel and used for storing wine and other liquids. A similar bottle, also painted with chrysanthemum stems, in the collection of Dr. Robert E. Barron III, M.D., illustrated by Robert D. Mowry in Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Harvard University Art Museums, 1995, p. 165, no. 55, was subsequently sold at Christie's New York, 30 March 2005, lot 303.
Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza