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.