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Antique Chinese Qingbai/Yingqing Celadon Porcelain Ewer Song Dynasty

Antique Chinese Qingbai/Yingqing Celadon Porcelain Ewer Song Dynasty


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Qingbai/Yingqing, or "Shadow Blue," Celadon Glazed Ewer- Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 CE), Imperial China:
This is elegant and graceful Qingbai Ewer (A Traditional Spouted Wine Decanter/Vessel) is a stunning and perfect example of the Original Celadon Porcelain Ceramic Wares (Qingbai aka Yingqing-Colored Celadon in this Case, a variety which was adored and kept by many Chinese Royals, is a semi-translucent, calm, and light green/blue-grayish colored glaze, setting it apart from the more distinctly blue, olive green, and other shades of varying green and blue Celadon Glazes) created during China's famous Song (Sung) Dynasty, who were the innovators of the incredibly beautiful family of Celadon Ceramics known across the world. Celadon Glazed Porcelain was extremely popular both in China and abroad not only during the pinnacle of Celadon Ware Creation during the Song Dynasty, rather it continued to be a cherished and respected form of art that continued to be practiced and to grow over the centuries during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties; and in modern times is as popular as ever, with Qingbai Celadon Wares being one of the most highly valued of all the Antique Chinese Arts in Auction Houses and Galleries all over the world. Chemically, qingbai glaze defers from other varieties of celadon in that it is a lime-alkali based glaze, as well as containing lower than average calcium oxide and an above average silica content; it is only through the perfect balance of those components along with a number of other very specific chemical characteristics and kiln firing techniques that must be in perfect unity for the most coveted and beautiful Qingbai Glazes to be made (1).

The ewer available here is a classic example of the soft Qingbai Celadon Ware created by the Song Dynasty of Imperial China from over 1000 to nearly 800 years ago. It is a great benefit to modern enthusiasts of Song Dynasty Celadon that this piece has been so well preserved for it to have retained its original graceful and calming translucency for the better part of a millennium; the piece boasts an overall near-immaculate condition, quite impressive in consideration of its age, approx. 700-1,000 years.
The lobed 'melon-like' body of the ewer is typical of the period, as is the flared arched spout and the long and slender strap handle, which is adorned with a small hollow roll at it's highest point and with two 2 small notches at its lowest, where it reconnects with the body of the ewer, the circular notches fixed at the transition point where the handle ends but its design continues flowing seamlessly downward, stemming from the bottom of the handle and continuing down the globular body of the ewer almost to the foot of the piece in an exquisite and graceful engraved design. A truly stunning piece of Song Dynasty Glazed Porcelain-Rock Ceramic Wares.

Dimensions (approx.): Height- 11 in. (28 cm)

Condition: Overall Excellent Condition. Not A Single- chip, break, or any type of visible damage or repairs. The only 2 minor issues are, #1- an unavoidable aspect of natural aging- unseen from a normal viewing distance- small age spots which have developed, the majority of which are on the neck of the ewer, little to none are present on the main body section of the piece; and #2- an approx 2" section of rough glaze extends from a small length of the foot (see photo), a common feature of fired glaze, likely from its original construction- due to the slope of the body this is not visible unless turned over.

Provenance: From A Private Collection in Los Angeles. Authenticated by A World-Renowned Appraiser of Antique Chinese Arts in Beverly Hills, CA.

Ref: (1) "Chinese Glazes: Their Origins, Chemistry, and Recreation" Wood, Nigel (c. 2001 Univ. of Pennsylvania Press); Pg 50.

Cf.: 1. Ibid.; Pg 60: Fig. (Photo) ''Thrown Yingqing Ewer [...] 12th Century AD"

2. SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK; 17 March 2015; SALE NUMBER: N09336 'CHINESE ART THROUGH THE EYE OF SAKAMOTO GORŌ – CERAMICS'; Lot 3: A 'QINGBAI' LOBED EWER AND COVER SONG DYNASTY, Height 9 3/4", SOLD: USD $56,250

3. CHRISTIE'S HONG KONG; 6 October 2015; Sale 3446 'The Pavilion Sale'; Lot 113: A QINGBAI LOBED EWER AND COVER SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-12TH CENTURY, Height 7" (17.8cm), SOLD: USD $13,771

*NOTE: See "Cf.: No. 3" For The Closest Comparison To This Piece Recently Sold (October 2015).
Offered Here Is The Lowest Price For A Song Celadon Ewer Of This Quality and Condition Anywhere On The Market, Plus Being Sold From A LICENSED Brick-And-Mortar Gallery, Sold With COA- NO Authenticity Risk, As Is Present At Auction!

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