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This is a superb and rare Yaozhou ware russet porcelain vase, brown glaze over a grey-white paste, Northern China, Song or Jin dynasty, 960-1234. Russet- or persimmon-glazed wares from Yaozhou were probably first made to imitate dingyao pieces, but the yaozhouyao glaze fires with a uniquely metallic lustre, as in this example. The paste on the footring and the unglazed base has fired to a rich creamy-colour, which is quite common with these brown-glazed wares. All these pieces are rare, especially so in this yuhuchunping (“jade pot for spring”), form, which here is particularly full and satisfying. The form was first used for wine bottles by the tribal aristocrats who ruled North China; it is frequently claimed that it did not appear until the Yuan dynasty, and that may be true for South China, but there are dingyao examples that are dated to the C11.
There has been an enormous upsurge in the market for brown-glazed Yaozhou and Ding ware pieces over the past couple of years; by comparison this example is priced quite competitively.
Ex: I.M. Chait
Size: h: 20.5 cm.
Condition: The glaze has a typical metallic sheen; in one 2cm. patch it has gathered into a small, slightly gritty ridge; otherwise perfect.