Poor, the whole top area is restored. The restoration goes down as far as c.47 mm but it can be as little as 32 mm. It appears highly likely this area is mostly replaced, in other words it is not original material. It is difficult to be sure without removing the restoration which we don't propose to do.
Height :20.6 cm (8 1/4 inches).
Sotheby`s Colonnade Sale Bond Street, November 2nd 1993, lot 1540.
The Helen Espir Collection of Oriental Ceramics.
A very similar Jizhou prunus vase dated to the Southern Song dynasty was offered for sale see : Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Christie`s New York, December 10th 1987 lot 208.
For a pair of similar Jizhou vases dated to the Yuan period see : A Survey of Chinese Ceramics Vol.3, Liao, Hsi-Hsia, Chin and Yuan Wares (Liu Liang-yu, Aries Gemini Publishing Ltd, 1991.ISBN 957-9259-03-8) page 262.
Other Jizhou vases of this type, dated to the Southern Song Dynasty are illustrated in Jizhou Kiln (Peng Minghan, Wenwu, 2007. ISBN 978-7-5010-2172-7) pages 43 to 45.
A further Jizhou vase of a different form is illustrated in : Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades in the Collection of Sir Allan and Lady Barlow (Michael Sullivan, Faber and Faber Ltd, 1963) plate 123b.
The World in Monochromes, The Oriental ceramic Society
16 April – 20 June 2009
Item number 150 in the catalogue, label to the base.
This is was the third in the series of exhibitions of ceramics, from the collections of members of the Oriental Ceramic Society, which have approached the subject of Asian ceramics from the point of view of their decorative techniques. The first exhibition entitled The World in Blue and White was shown in London, Bath and Glasgow in 2003, and this was followed in 2006 by The World in Colours, held at the Brunei Gallery. The 2009 exhibition, The World in Monochromes, completes the trilogy.
The World in Monochromes, An Exhibition of Single-Coloured Ceramics from Members of The Oriental Ceramics Society (O.C.S Exhibition catalogue, various authors, 2009. ISBN 978-0-903421-28-7) page 68, plate 150, attributed to the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234).
Stock number: 22750.