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Chinese Art: The Szekeres Collection

March 13-29, 2019

A PAINTED CIZHOU POTTERY JAR AND COVER
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A PAINTED CIZHOU POTTERY JAR AND COVER

Jin Dynasty, 12th – 13th Century

the deep bowl-shape jar with wide mouth, the fitted cover of inverted saucer shape, with twin raised buttons at the rims to mark the correct alignment of the two, decorated on the sides and cover with bold foliate sprays and with a butterfly in the center of the ring-knop on the cover, all vigorously brushed in dark chocolate brown pigment over a layer of cream white slip and covered with a clear glaze, the interior of the bowl glazed dark brown, the interior of the cover and the foot unglazed revealing the gray stoneware body.

Height 5 inches (12.5 cm)

Provenance

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Doering, Snr.

Christie’s New York, Important Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes, Jades and Works of Art, 9 November 1978, lot 121

Exhibited

Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D., travelling exhibition: Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art; New York, China Institute; Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, 1980-1981

Published

Mino and Tsiang, Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D., Indianapolis, 1980, pp. 158-159, pl. 67

A very similar covered jar from the collection of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco is published by Mino and Tsiang, Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D., Indianapolis, 1980, pp. 156-157, pl. 66 and previously published by d’Argencé, Chinese Ceramics in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1967, pp. 88-89, pl. XXXIXB. The same covered jar is illustrated by He, Chinese Ceramics: The New Standard Guide, London, 1996, p. 168, no. 317, with a footnote on p. 197 referring to a similarly painted Cizhou bowl discovered in a Jin dynasty tomb dated to 1212, published in Kaogu, 1987, No. 10, p. 915.

Compare also the similarly decorated Cizhou covered jar of this form in the British Museum published by Ayers, The Seligman Collection of Oriental Art, Vol. II, Chinese and Korean Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1964, pl. XL-D113, with description on p. 65.

Shards of similar form with similar painted decoration discovered at the Cizhou kiln site in Guantai, Ci county, Hebei province, are illustrated in the excavation report, Guantai Cizhou yaozhi (The Cizhou Kiln Site at Guantai), Beijing, 1997, pl. 18-3 with a line drawing on p. 104, pl. 42-8 and col. pl. 14-2 with a line drawing on p. 138, pl. 61-5.

金 磁州白地黑花蓋罐 高 12.5 厘米

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A PAINTED CIZHOU POTTERY JAR AND COVER

Jin Dynasty, 12th – 13th Century

Height 5 inches (12.5 cm)

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