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 grey and black-speckled body. It is one of a group of four 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). This is the largest of the four. The decorative bands on much of the body spiral down from the top. The bottle has a very small opening with a short raised mouth. Interestingly there is quite a large indentation to one side.
Height 24.5 cm (9.5 inches). Condition is very good. There is a chip to the mouth edge, and minor chips and a very fine hairline to the base, possibly caused during manufacture. No repair or restoration.
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