A rare Jizhou reverse-painted 'lion' vase, Southern Song dynasty 南宋 吉州窰深褐地白花獅子戲球蓮紋長頸瓶
200,000 - 300,000 HKD
A rare Jizhou reverse-painted 'lion' vase,
Southern Song dynasty
The vase has been broken and restored with original pieces, with visible overpainting predominantly to the scroll and keyfret bands. There are expected occasional flakes to the foot and some minor glaze firing imperfections.
Boldly painted in swift brushwork with pairs of whimsical Buddhist lions amidst continuous scrolls of lotus and furled leaves, the present vase is particularly notable for its black-coffee brown glaze that provides a striking contrast with the decoration in white reserve. See a Southern Song Jizhou meiping decorated with a related white lotus pattern against a black background, excavated from Chaohu, Anhui, now preserved in the Anhui Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo taoci shi [History of Chinese ceramics], Beijing, 1982, reprint 2006, col. pl. 19. Compare also a bottle vase decorated with lotus from the Meiyintang collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, Vol. I, pl. 520.