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Chinese Cizhou black-glazed JAR & Cover,Song,Sotheby's Lot 274,3/13/15

Chinese Cizhou black-glazed JAR & Cover,Song,Sotheby's Lot 274,3/13/15


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MUSEUM Provenance! Offered at Sotheby's, London, IMPORTANT CHINESE ART auction, 5/13/2015, Lot # 273 
Chinese CIZHOU dark brown glaze that appears Black stonewear wide mouth JAR & COVER "gaiguan" (with Provenance. Northern SONG Dynasty 10th Century. Jar with slightly inverted rim with slight traces of russet on both the exterior and interior rim, square-cut foot, & flanged cover. On the cover's underside (no slip is applied,unglazed) a vertical flange projects downward from the inside edge of the lip to hold the cover in place. Fine grained porcelaneous ware with a thin wash of light brown glaze inside the Jar & traces of brownish-black glaze inside and the exterior the glaze stopping about an inch (2.5 cms.) short of the unglazed footrim in an uneven line. Fired upside down with evidence of 3 spur marks inside the vessel. Probably produced by Cizhou Henan "temmoku" kilns with extremely thin (yet strong) walls. According to Masahiko Sato, in his book "Chinese Ceramics," Weatherhill, 1981, pg. 130, "Pieces coated with only the simple black glaze are, strange to say, extremely rare." This ceramic was probably used to store water for use during a tea ceremony or a "mizusashi" in Japanese. Deaccessioned from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, CT. USA and originally sold by Mathias Komor (NYC Dealer from 1941 until 1984) with an old paper label (J-182) & acquired by the museum in 1978. There are also a museum numbers both inside the cover(1978.34 b) and on the base of the bowl (1978.34 a) Song/Yuan Dynasty (960-1368) Height is 4.5 inches or 11.5 cms. Diameter is 4 5/8 inches or 12 cms. Overall excellent condition but a condition report is available upon request.