Lot 719. A 'Cizhou' green-glazed 'peony' pillow, Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234). Length 13 3/8 in., 34 cm. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
of ruyi-head outline, the top incised with a shaped medallion enclosing three peony blooms borne on a leafing stem within a five-line border and delicate cloud scrolls, the slightly tapering sides freely carved with combed foliate motifs between multi-line borders, covered overall with a bright semi-translucent leaf-green glaze pooling effectively in the recesses, two small firing apertures, the base unglazed.
Provenance: Collection of Russell M. Tyson (1867-1963).
Gifted to the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago in 1964 (acc. no. 1964.830).