A RARE 'JIZHOU' 'PHOENIX' VASE YUAN DYNASTY
- 28 cm, 11 in.
A similar vase, in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, is published in Robert D. Mowry, Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell and Partridge Feathers, Cambridge, Mass, 1995, pl. 103; another, illustrated in Nuno de Castro, A Ceramica e a Porcelana Chinesas, Porto, 1992, vol. 1, pl. 169, was sold in these rooms, 11th December 1990, lot 220; a slightly larger meiping was sold in our New York rooms, 17th March 2015, lot 181; and a smaller example, decorated with a less elaborate design, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 4th December 2015, lot 265. Compare also a meiping of the same shape but decorated with a blossoming prunus branch illustrated in the Complete Collection of Treasures from the Palace Museum. Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (II), Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 217.
Mowry, op. cit., p. 253, notes that this vase is a quintessential Song shape which originated from silver bottles, such as the one recovered from a Song tomb dated to 1195 in Jiangpu county, Jiangsu province, and another recovered amongst the cargo of the Chinese merchant ship that sank off the coast of Sinan, Korea, in the early 1320s. Mowry suggests that the Sinan shipwreck silver bottle, which has straight walls, broad and high-set shoulders, and a waisted neck with a slightly flaring lip, is possibly the closest in form to Jizhou vases of this shape.