A carved 'Qingbai' vase (meiping), Song Dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 564. A carved 'Qingbai' vase (meiping), Song Dynasty (960-1279); height 9 1/2 in., 24.1 cmEstimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 68,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

finely potted with a compressed oviform body rising from a narrow tapered foot, the body freely carved with an intricate undulating peony scroll with finely combed detail, below a short cylindrical tapered cover with carved floral design on the top, applied overall with a translucent glaze of warm ivory tone pooling to a slight bluish tone in the recessed areas of the design and neatly ending at the unglazed foot (2)

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 20th June 2001, lot 52.

Sotheby's. Harmony of Form, Serenity of Color: A Private Collection of 'Song' Ceramics, New York, 23 march 2011