A black-glazed bottle vase, Song dynasty (960-1279)

A black-glazed bottle vase, Song dynasty (960-1279)


Lot 847. A black-glazed bottle vase, Song dynasty (960-1279); 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm.) high, cloth boxEstimate USD 20,000 – USD 30,000Unsold. © Christie's 2023

The vase has a pear-shaped body that rises to a tall, slightly flared neck with lipped rim, and is covered with a rich brownish-black glaze suffused with bluish-tan areas around the sides and ending in a sweeping line above the foot.

Provenance: J. J. Lally & Co., New York, no. 4857.

NoteThe elongated pear shape of this vase was produced at various kilns in Northern China during the Song dynasty. It appears that black-glazed examples are particularly rare. For a stoneware vase of this form with black ‘oil-spot’ glaze see R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 3 (II), London, 2006, pp. 502-503, no. 1508. See, also, a plain Yaozhou celadon vase of a similar form from a Japanese collection illustrated in the catalogue Song Ceramics, Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, 1999, p. 54, no. 17, and a Junyao vase of similar form in the Percival David Collection, now in the British Museum, illustrated in Imperial Taste: Chinese Ceramics from the Percival David Foundation, Los Angeles, 1989, p. 38, no. 14.

Christie's. J. J. Lally& Co., New York, 23.03.2023