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A ‘Jizhou’ white-spotted black-glazed jar, Yuan dynastyEstimate 15,00020,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s.

the elegantly potted ovoid body with broad rounded shoulders, finely decorated with rows of white spots on a glossy dark brown ground, stopping short of the foot, with two lug handles applied to the shoulder below the short neck; 15.3cm., 6 1/8 in.

PROVENANCE: Collection of Francisco Capelo

LITTERATURE: Francisco Capelo et. al., Forms of Pleasure. Chinese Ceramics from Burial to Daily Life, London, 2009, pl. 53

Notes: The attractive spotted pattern, also known by its Japanese name temmoku, seen on the present jar, can be found on a variety of ‘Jizhou’ wares, suggesting that it was an especially popular motif in the potters’ repertoire. For examples of jars decorated in this manner see one with a rounded body and a wide neck illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 3, pt. II, London, 2006, pl. 1555; and another compressed globular jar sold in these rooms, 19th June 1984, lot 200. Meiping can also be found decorated in this manner, but with the evenly distributed spots generally arranged in diagonal spirals towards the foot; see a meiping sold in these rooms, 13th July 2005, lot 139; and another sold at Christie’s London, 14th December 1987, lot 168.

Compare also a ‘Jizhou’ bowl, in the Hakutsuru Art Museum, Kobe, illustrated in Hakutsuru eika, n.p. 1978, pl. 48 bottom; another in the Tokyo National Museum published in  Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 10, Tokyo, 1955, pl. 64; and one sold in these rooms, 19th June 2002, lot 27. See also a ‘Jizhou’ tripod censer in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, published in Idemitsu Bunkakan zohin zuroku, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 105.

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