A rare iron-brown-decorated Qingbai 'floral' vase, Yuan dynasty







Lot 327. A rare iron-brown-decorated Qingbai 'floral' vase, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Height 6⅞ in., 17.5 cmLot sold: 25,200 USD (Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD). © Sotheby's 2022

Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 30th May 1990, lot 91.

Note: Although it is not uncommon to find qingbai vases modeled with an integral stand, the form of this particular piece is very rare. The present iron-painted 'stand' appears to simulate wood, illustrating how such vases may have been displayed. It is also unusual to find iron-brown painting, rather than splashes, on qingbai ceramics. For a similarly decorated vase without the molded stand, see one included in C.T. Loo and Co., Exhibition of Chinese Arts, New York, 1941, cat. no. 560. Compare also an iron-painted qingbai fragment discovered at the Anxi kilns in Fujian, exhibited in Kiln Sites of Ancient China: Recent Finds of Pottery and Porcelain, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1980, cat. no. 119.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 september 2022