Chinese white ground vase of meiping form painted on the body with three freely drawn peony blooms on branches with leaves between bands, the high shoulder with three leafy branches beneath a double-ring at the neck, the base and foot unglazed revealing the buff stoneware body.
15 inches, 38.1 cm high.
Northern Song – Jin Dynasty, Cizhou kilns, Hebei or Shanxi Province, 12th century.
Some rim glaze flakes, some glaze flakes consistent with age of piece.
Provenance & Additional Information
- Formerly in the collection of The Honourable Mr. Justice Robert Tang Kwok-ching, SBS, The Xiwenguozhai Collection.
- A similar meiping, exhibited at The Springfield Museums, Massachusetts, 1965, from the collection of Raymond A. Bidwell, is included by Warren E. Cox in The Book of Pottery and Porcelain, volume I, Fig. 381, and was included by Christie’s New York in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Part I, 21st March 2013, lot no. 1179; another, of similar height with a bird on a central branch, was included in the Kurita Museum exhibition of Well-known Chinese Ceramics,The Best Pieces from 2000 Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1992, no. 34; a further example predominantly painted with leaves with a flatter mouth, in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, was included in their exhibition of Song Ceramics, Utensils of Sublime Beauty, 2018, no. 18, p. 35.
- Another meiping also only painted with peony branches, in the Tokyo National Museum, is included by Mary Tregear in Song Ceramics, Pl. 93, p. 93; a further example, formerly in the Mr. J. C. Thomson Collection, was included in The Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition of Sung Dynasty Wares, 1949, no. 103, pl. 26, and is included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One, no. 499, pp. 270/1.