Lot 2806
  • 2806


500,000 - 700,000 HKD
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  • Stoneware
  • width 18.9 cm, 7 3/8  in.; height 16.5 cm, 6 1/2  in.
of tulu ping form with the broad shoulder of the body tapering towards the flat base, surmounted by a short constricted neck and flared mouthrim, applied over all save for the unglazed base with a glossy warm brown glaze pooling in thick uneven drops around the foot, the body liberally decorated in russet splashes running down the sides and ringed by vivid blue haloes


Sotheby's London, 7th June 2000, lot 99.

Catalogue Note

Featuring an elegant slim mouth,  a broad or round shoulder and a stout body, the truncated meiping or 'prunus vase' shape enjoyed popularity for a brief period in the Northern Song (960-1127) and Jin (1115-1234) dynasties, and was produced by some of the most important ceramic centres in China. It is however extremely rare to find a truncated meiping with splashed decoration, and the present piece differs from known examples in its attractive warm brown glaze and the light-coloured splashes ringed by a vivid blue halo and appears to be unique.

Compare four truncated meiping covered with a black glaze decorated with russet splashes, one illustrated in Sekai tōji zenshū/Ceramic art of the World, vol. 12: Sō/Song Dynasty, Tokyo, 1977, no. 246; one in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 3, no. 1510; one sold at Christie's New York, 20th March 2001, lot 202, and again in our New York rooms, 23rd March 2011, lot 517, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics. The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, 1982, vol. 8, pl. 159; and the fourth sold in our New York rooms, 26th March 1971, lot 88.

For truncated meiping of similar form, see also a 'Ding' vase with peony design in brown slip from the famous Ataka collection and ranked as Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, illustrated in The Beauty of Asian Ceramics: From the Collection of the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Osaka, 2014, pl. 20; and a 'Yaozhou' vase with persimmon glaze, sold at Christie's New York, 20th September 2002, lot 293, and again in our New York rooms, 23rd March 2011, lot 560.

The truncated meiping form is most common among 'Cizhou' wares, although they tend to differ in glaze and decoration from the present piece; compare, for example, three white-ware vases with black painted designs in Yutaka Mino, Freedom of Clay and Brush Through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz'u-chou Type Wares 960 - 1600 A.D, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 1980, pls. 87-89; and a white-ware vase with white slip sgraffitto peony design, included in the exhibition Charm of Black and White Ware: Transition of Cizhou Type Wares, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Osaka, 2002, cat. no. 34.