Lot 208. A rare Jizhou 'guri'-style vase, meiping, Song dynasty (960-1279); 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,560 - USD 26,080). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The vase is modelled with an elegant tapering body supporting high shoulders, a waisted neck, and a flaring rim. The exterior is decorated with an allover design of alternating scroll-filled heart-shaped 'guri' pattern, executed in a variegated golden opalescent glaze against the matt, dark brown glaze ending at the foot. The top of the mouth rim is decorated with a striped design.
Note: Compare the present lot with a vase in the Tokyo National Museum, published in Margaret Medley, The Chinese Potter, A Practical History of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1976, p. 160, no. 120, and one with a truncated form excavated from a Southern Song tomb in Zhangshu city, Jiangxi province, illustrated in the Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji (Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China), Beijing, 2008, vol. 14: Jiangxi, p. 86. See a further meiping from the Linyushanren collection exhibited in The Classic Age of Chinese Ceramics, An Exhibition of Song Treasures from the Linyushanren Collection, Hong Kong, New York, London, 22 November 2012 – 14 May 2013, pp. 112-113, no. 43 and subsequently sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 2 December 2015, lot 2825. A similar vase was also sold at Sotheby’s New York, 16 September 2014, lot 103.
A very rare Jizhou tixi-style painted meiping, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century; 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm.) high. Sold for HK$2,920,000 ($378,537) at Christie's Hong Kong, 2 December 2015, lot 2825. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015
A rare 'Jizhou' meiping, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Height 8 1/4 in., 21 cm. Sold for 37,500 USD at Sotheby’s New York, 16 September 2014, lot 103. Photo Sotheby's.