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A ‘Jizhou’ wave-pattern meiping, Yuan dynastyEstimate 25,00030,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s.

the elongated ovoid body with a short neck and lipped rim, set above rounded shoulders tapering to a narrow foot, painted with an overall design of large waves, with plain brown borders to the top of the shoulder and at the foot; 19cm., 7 1/2 in.

PROVENANCE: Collection of Francisco Capelo

LITTERATURE: Francisco Capelo et. al., Forms of Pleasure. Chinese Ceramics from Burial to Daily Life, London, 2009, pl. 52

Notes: Vases decorated in this free painterly manner are amongst the finest examples of wares manufactured at the Jizhou kiln site at Yonghezhen near Ji’an in Jiangxi province, formerly known as Jizhou. Although Jizhou wares can be rough in their potting and are often sprinkled or splashed in an amber colour or use the sgraffiato technique for decoration, this vase is finely painted and is covered with a thin transparent gloss that makes it especially attractive.

A slightly larger meiping with the same stylized cresting wave pattern, from the collection of Eugene and Helen Bernat, was sold in our New York rooms, 7th November 1980, lot 119; and another is illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 13,  Tokyo, 1981, col. pl. 288, in the Buffalo Museum of Natural Science. This decorative motif can also be found on ‘Jizhou’ bottle vases, for example see a pair excavated at Nanchang city in Jiangxi province, illustrated in Wenwu , 1975, no. 3, pl. 5, no. 5; and another sold in these rooms, 12th June 1990, lot 179

Compare a ‘Jizhou’ meiping painted with figures in four barbed panels againt a crested wave ground, excavated from a tomb site at Lanshi, Foshan in Guangdong province and now in the Guangdong Provincial Museum, published in Zhongguo taoci quanji, vol. 8, Shanghai, 1999, pl. 220.

Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Londres | 05 nov. 2014, 10:00 AM