A small Jizhou vase

Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

The pear-shaped body rises to a long cylindrical neck with a lipped mouth rim. The vase is resist-decorated with a carved prunus sprig, the blossoms reserved against the dark brown glaze and detailed with brown slip. The base is unglazed showing the buff-coloured material.

18.7 cm high


Formerly in the collection of Robert Suermont

Acquired from Christie’s Amsterdam, 19 October 1999, lot no. 300

A similar vase with this motif is illustrated in Robert Mowry, Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, 1996, pl. 102.

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