Cizhou Sgraffito Vase

Jin Dynasty (1115-1234)
High-Fired Stoneware
North China
20.5cm x 15.5cm

A Cizhou ware sgra to vase sturdily potted, applied with a dark brown glaze which has been carved away to expose the vessels clay body creating a bold decoration of floral scrolling in between two lined bands. The glaze stops short of the flat footrim, the neck is short and flanked with two handles.

•  A similar carved Cizhou vase, formerly in the collection of George Crofts, is illustrated in Royal Ontario Museum, e T. T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art, Toronto, 1996, no. 91.

– Dr Lindley M. Scott collection.
– Sotheby’s, London, 4th July, 1945, lot 22.
– Bluett and Sons.
– British Antique Dealers Association.
– Major Edward Copleston Radcliffe (1898-1967) and then by family descent, D1.
– Exhibited: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1930, from the collection of Dr M. Lindley Scott, New Zealand Chinese Art Exhibition, 1936, label no. 43, illustrated pl. 204.
– An exhibition of Chinese Art 1937, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, New Zealand, edited by Captain G. Humphreys-Davies, National Gallery of South Africa, Chinese Exhibition, Cape Town, 1953, no. 106.

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