JIN DYNASTY 12th or 13th Century Cizhou Type Stoneware

A Fine Jin Dynasty Cizhou Type Stoneware Bowl, 12th or 13th Century. The Buff Coloured Stoneware Body is Double Dipped to Create a Rich Unctuous Glaze which has Five Rich Russet Colour Splashes.


Diameter : 19 cm (7 1/2 inches).
A Private English Collection of Early Chinese Ceramics.
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For a very similar splashed bowl described as Song, see : Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Sotheby`s Parke Bernet, Hong Kong, 28th and 29th of November 1979, lot 20 and for a further bowl of this type see : Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Sotheby`s Parke Bernet, Hong Kong, May 20th and 21st, 1980, lot 17.



This stoneware bowl has been double dipped, in other words it has been glazed twice. This for fills two main functions, the rich deep black colour is difficult to achieve with only one glaze application, it also means any small area missed by the first application are dealt with in the second. The first, thinner layer, is of a coffee colour, this can clearly seen on the back of the bowl. The thicker rich black second layer can be seen dribbling over the thinner paler coffee coloured glaze on the back. This first layer could be seen as an undercoat to add intensity to the second rich black glaze layer.

Cizhou Ware :
The name Cizhou originated from the ancient area of Cizhou, encompassing a broad arc across China, which was first recorded during the Sui dynasty (581-618). However, the location constantly shifted and though the area of Cizhou is mentioned in the Tang dynasty (618-906) and Five Dynasties (906-960), each referred to an altered location.During the Song, Jin (1125-1234), Yuan (1279-1368), and partly into the Ming dynasties (1368-1644) the kiln areas of Cizhou were primarily concentrated in the northern provinces of Hebei, Henan, and Shaanxi.