Lot 692. A 'Cizhou' sancai-glazed 'peony' pillow, Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234). Length 11 1/2 in., 29.4 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
of bean shape, the slightly concave top deftly incised with a luxuriant amber-glazed peony blossom borne on a green-glazed leafing stem amidst dense foliage on a creamy-white ground, enclosed by an amber-colored triple-line border and a green-glazed outer band of freely incised foliate motifs, the glaze continuing down the sides carved with a band of stylized foliage within multi-line borders and stopping unevenly above the unglazed base.
Provenance: Collection of Kate Sturges Buckingham (1858-1937).
Gifted to the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, in memory of her sister Lucy Maud Buckingham (1870-1920) in 1924 (acc. no. 1924.300).