'Jun' purple-splashed jar, Yuan-Ming dynasty (1279-1644)


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Lot 197. A 'Jun' purple-splashed jar, Yuan-Ming dynasty (1279-1644). Diameter 8½ in., 21.6 cm. Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USDLot sold: 107,100 USD. © Sotheby's 2021

sturdily potted, the compressed baluster body rising from a narrow base to voluminous swelling shoulders, surmounted by a short tapering neck and rolled rim, covered with a lavender-purple glaze suffused with vivid streaks of crimson and purple-red, the rim and interior glazed a pale sky-blue thinning to beige at the edges, the recessed base unglazed, revealing the brown clay body.

Provenance: Acquired prior to 2000.

Note: Striking shades of copper-red, purple, and sky-blue coalesce beautifully on this jar, enveloping it in a brilliant haze of color. A comparable example, albeit less vibrantly glazed, is illustrated in Junyao Yaji: Gugong Bowuyuan Zhancang ji Chutu Junyao Ciqi Huicui / Selection of Jun Ware: The Palace Museum's Collection and Archaeological Excavation, Beijing, 2013, pl. 58. A similar jar attributed to the Yuan dynasty was sold thrice: first, in our London rooms, 27th November 1973, lot 164, the second time in our Hong Kong rooms from the collection of Dr. Ip Yee, 19th November 1984, lot 155, and again in the same rooms, from the collection of T.Y. Chao, 19th May 1987, lot 214. Another with a narrower straight mouth is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (acc. no. 26.292.42).

For slightly earlier examples, compare a Jin-Yuan period jar shown in op. cit., pl. 42, and another attributed to the Jin dynasty sold in these rooms, 18th March 2008, lot 81. A Northern Song prototype can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (acc. no. C.936-1935). Compare also a Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century Cizhou-type Jun-style jar of similar profile formerly in the Manno Art Museum, Osaka, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28th October 2002, lot 524.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021