A rare painted Cizhou jar, Song-Ming dynasty (960-1644)

Lot 17. A rare painted Cizhou jar, Song-Ming dynasty (960-1644); 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000 (USD 10,280 - USD 15,420). Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

The exterior is delicately painted in brown slip with a wide band of flowers on leafy branches, beneath a narrower foliate band encircling the shoulder, all set against the white slip ground which extends into the interior and stops above the foot ring to reveal the buff stoneware body.

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 14 November 1983, lot 70.
Private Collection of a Lady of Title.

Note: See a similar jar which was exhibited at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in London in 1910 and illustrated by R. L. Hobson in The George Eumorfopoulos Collection Catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Persian Pottery and Porcelain, vol. 3, London, 1925-1930, vol. 3, pl. 51, no. C 278.
The dating of the current lot is consistent with the results of Oxford Authentication Thermoluminescence test No P119m9.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019