yuhuchun ping

Lot 511. A 'Cizhou' brown-glazed sgraffiato vase (yuhuchun ping), Jin dynasty (1115-1234). Height 9 1/2  in., 24.2 cmEstimate 10,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot Sold 12,500 USD. © Sotheby's.

the rounded pear-shaped body raised on a splayed foot, tapering to a slender neck and a flared mouth, applied overall with a thick brownish-black glaze carved through with a broad foliate frieze beneath a narrow border enclosing abstract scroll motifs at the shoulder, all framed within concentric line borders, the glaze stopping neatly above the foot to reveal the buff-colored body, Japanese wood box (3).

ProvenanceHirano Koto-ken, Tokyo, 1972.

Note: Vases of this form and similarly carved with two bands of floral scrolls are held in important museums and private collections worldwide: a vase of this type, from the collection of Yokogawa Tamisuke, in the Tokyo National Museum, is published in Illustrated Catalogue of Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics I, Tokyo, 1988, pl. 630; one in the Honolulu Academy of Art, is illustrated in Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, Stockholm, 1970, pl. 55d; another from the Eumorfopoulos and Riesco collections, published in R.L. Hobson, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, New York, 1976 (London, 1915), pl. 34, fig. 2, was sold in our London rooms, 29th May 1940, lot 101; a slightly larger vase is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Tokyo, 1976, vol. 1, pl. 595; and another was sold in our London rooms, 17th November 1999, lot 734. See also a slightly larger vase of this type but with the design divided in three separate bands, from the Malcolm Collection, now in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 523, and sold in our London rooms, 29th March 1977, lot 143; another illustrated in Sekai tōji zenshū/Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 13, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 25; and a third in the St. Louis Art Museum, included in the exhibition Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers. Chinese Brown-and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 1995, cat. no. 68.

Sotheby'sA Noble Pursuit: Important Chinese and Korean Art from a Japanese Private Collection, New York, 11 Sep 2019