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Lot 133T
Northern Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century
20 March 2023, 13:00 EDT
New York

US$6,000 - US$9,000

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Northern Song/Jin dynasty, 11th/12th century
Of waisted cylindrical form with a gently domed canopy brim, the rim glazed in white, the foot slightly splayed, the rich dark glaze covers inside and out and stops right above the foot, the interior unglazed revealing the buff high-fired stoneware body.
5in (12.8cm) high


北宋/金 磁州黑釉寬沿高足爐

The distinguished silhouette is one of the most iconic Song ceramic forms. Compare the black-glazed incense holder in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by Mowry, Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Cambridge, 1996, pp. 131-132, no. 30, where the author describes "During the Song dynasty, such vessels were made in a variety of wares, from aristocratic to humble, and in a range of sizes, from large to small."

It is reasonable to assume that censers of this form evolved from metal prototypes. A similar censer with white rim unearthed from a late 11th century tomb in Nanle county, Henan province, is illustrated in Wenwu, 1982, No. 12, p. 87, pl. 8-8. Regarding the striking white rim on the present example, see Mowry, op. cit., p. 132, no. 31, "The white rim on vessels of this type were inspired by the wide silver bands affixed to Ding and other aristocratic wares during the Song dynasty..."

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