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Lot 4341
A rare celadon glazed phoenix headed ewer with
Sold for US$ 8,225 inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare celadon glazed phoenix headed ewer with underglaze iron decoration
Five Dynasties/Early Northern Song Period
The phoenix head with incised feathers supporting a petalate mouth above a long reeded neck attached to the ovoid body raised on a splayed foot, the comb and wattles on the bird's head and the lotus scrolls encircling the body all painted in an iron wash beneath the thin layer of grey-green glaze that stops unevenly along the exterior edge of the foot, the gaps in the glaze along the body as well as the the exposed chalky fabric across recessed base all burnt a pale pinkish buff (comb reattached, chips to foot pad).
Height 14 3/4 inches (37.5 cm)

Note: for a prototype to the pheonix head and reeded neck on a ewer attributed to the Yongho kiln at Jizhou and dated to the late Tang or Five Dynasties period, see ORIENTAL CERAMICS, VOL. 5, the British Museum, London (Japan, 1981), color plate I and p. 153. For a qingbai porcelain example with a melon shaped body in The Cleveland Museum of Art, see Sherman Lee, The Colors of Ink (New York, 1974), cat. no. 49, p. 120 and p. 131. Other examples ascribed to a southern Chinese kiln but found in Indonesia are published in ORIENTAL CERAMICS, VOL. 5, Museum Pusat, Jakarta (Japan, 1982), color plate 12, p. 158 and monochrome plate 66. Although the clay fabric of this lot closely resembles that of Jizhou ware, none of the available comparisons include underglaze iron decoration. The ewer may have been manufactured elsewhere south of the Yangtze River, perhaps even in the Guangdong area, as suggested by the underglaze brown decoration on a Guangzhou ware bowl also in the Museum Pusat (color plate 15 and p. 158).

Note: the result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test sample no. C102x64 is consistent with the dating of this lot
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