Lot 639. A 'Jizhou' 'Prunus' bottle vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Height 7 1/8 in., 18 cm. Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the pear-shaped body supported on a low foot and rising to a lipped rim, covered overall in black glaze save for the blossoming prunus branches reserved in biscuit, the branches carved into the biscuit before firing.
Provenance: Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).