A rare 'Cizhou' jar, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 246. A rare 'Cizhou' jar, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 17cm., 6 5/8 inEstimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 13,700 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the globular body rising from a short straight foot to a broad tapering short neck, modelled around the exterior in high relief with five rows of curled peony petals, covered overall in a creamy-white slip and transparent glaze falling short of the foot to reveal the pinkish-buff body.

Exhibited: Kunst Industri Museet, Copenhagen, 1950, cat. no. 308.

Literature: Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 276.

Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, Stockholm, 1970, pl. 48k.

Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 2002, cat. no. 485.

Sotheby's. Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork, Early Gold and Silver; Early Chinese White, Green and Black Wares, London, 14 May 2008