A large ‘Cizhou’ black-glazed ribbed jar, Northern Song-Jin dynasty. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s.
of globular form, the sides covered with evenly-spaced raised vertical ribs and set with a pair of small strap loop handles on the shoulder, covered overall in a black glaze and thinning to pale brown at the raised ribs and stopping well short of the foot, exposing the buff coloured body; 30.5cm., 12in.
PROVENANCE: Collection of Francisco Capelo
LITTERATURE: Francisco Capelo et. al., Forms of Pleasure. Chinese Ceramics from Burial to Daily Life, London, 2009, pl. 46.
Notes: The present jar is impressive for its size and is a fine example of wares decorated with raised lines of white slip and typically made by many northern kilns, for example the Baofeng, Lushan and Hebiji kilns in Henan province and the Cizhou kilns in Hebei. See a smaller jar (height 25.4 cm) sold in our New York rooms, 4th December 1984, lot 228; and another included in Robert D. Mowry, Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, Cambridge, Mass., 1996, pl. 61. Other jars of this type can be found in a number of important museums and private collection; for example see a smaller jar with the ribs arranged in a similar fashion, from the Malcolm collection, sold in these rooms, 29th March 1977, lot 156, now in the Matsuoka Museum of Art, Tokyo, and illustrated in Toyo toji meihin zuroku, Tokyo, 1991, pl. 33; and another from the Eumorfopoulos collection, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, published in Rose Kerr, Song Dynasty Ceramics,London, 2004, p. 80, pls. 80 and 80a, where it is mentioned that ‘creating ribs were used at many kilns, the more refined types tending to come from the workshops in Henan and Hebei provinces.’ See another jar of this form, from the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, included in the special exhibition Charm of Black and White Ware: Transition of Cizhou Type Wares, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Osaka, 2002, cat. no. 144.
Another smaller jar excavated from the Zibo kiln site was included in the exhibition Kiln Sites of Ancient China, Oriental Ceramics Society, London, 1980, cat. no. 434, together with a fragment of a similar jar with a taller neck, from the Baofeng kiln site in Henan, no. 419
Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Londres | 05 nov. 2014, 10:00 AM