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A ‘Cizhou’ painted ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ jar, Yuan dynasty. Estimate 50,00070,000 HKD. Sold for 112,500 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s.

of baluster form rising from a recessed base to broad shoulder and a straight neck, vividly painted in washes of brown on a cream-white glaze, one side with a dragon writhing among clouds, the other with a large en facePhoenix with outstretched wings, each enclosed in a large lozenge panel and divided by swiftly drawn flowers, all below a band of large leafy flowers reserved on a hatched ground encircling the neck, the base left in the rough revealing a pale buff-coloured ware; 29.2 cm., 11 1/2  in.

Notes: A jar of this type, in the Kazuo Museum, Liaoning province, is illustrated in The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics. Liao, Western Xia, Jin, vol. 9, Shanghai, 1999, pl. 179; another in the Cleveland Museum of Art, was included in the exhibition Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China. Tz’u-chou Type Wares, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1980, cat. no. 93, illustrated together with two related jars, one in the Los Angeles County Museum, and the other recovered underneath the walls of the Yuan capital Dadu, present day Beijing, figs 268 and 269; and two further jars were sold in our London rooms, 5th July 1977,lot 140, and, 7th December 1993, lot 174.

Sotheby’s, Chinese Art, Hong Kong | 24 Nov 2014, 02:30 PM