AN UNUSUAL RUSSET-SPLASHED BROWN-GLAZED TRUNCATED VASE, TULU PING NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY
- width 18.9 cm, 7 3/8 in.; height 16.5 cm, 6 1/2 in.
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.