Property from a Tahitian Private Collection
A fine and rare Cizhou green glazed painted vase, meiping
Northern Song/Jin dynasty
Thickly potted with a flat rim projecting outward from a cylindrical neck and a body of inverted pear form, the exterior walls painted in black on a white slip ground with bands of overlapping chrysanthemum petals separated by sprays of blossoming peony and a single butterfly, with details incised in the sgraffito technique beneath a layer of green lead glaze applied over a colorless glaze that stops unevenly along the base line, leaving the finely prepared buff clay fabric exposed across the wide foot and shallowly recessed base.
14 1/8in (35.9cm) high