Rare Chinese Song / Yuan Dynasty Stoneware Bottle
This very rare stoneware bottle was made during the 12th – 14th century at the Quanzhou kilns in Fujian province. It has a pale pinkish-grey body with a small amount of ash glaze just around part of the mouth. It is one of a group of similar bottles we have been lucky enough to acquire from a private collection, never having seen any before, other than one and some fragments illustrated in the fine book “A Ceramic Legacy of Asia’s Maritime Trade” (ISBN 0-19-58263-7). The bottle has a very small opening with a short raised mouth.
Height 22 cm (8.5 inches). This bottle is in very good condition with no repair or restoration although there are a couple of faint hairline cracks to the body (see close-up image). (The “P” to the base is presumably the collector’s mark).
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