The ovoid body swelling broadly at the shoulder and set with two tab handles before the short straight neck and wide everted mouth rim, applied overall with a lustrous black-glaze transmuting to russet-colored striations along the bow strings, boldly cut through with a broad band of four meandering blossoms borne on leafy stems enclosed within a two incised double line borders, the glaze falling short as a wavy line significantly above the base, revealing the buff-colored stoneware body, with a few tears of glaze trickling down to the foot rim.
Shape: Vase with handles
Weight: 10,9 kilograms
Dimensions: Height 50,5 cm
Condition: Extensive wear and traces of use, as is typical for this type of early Jin cizhou wares, some minor flaws to lip and one handle, some glaze flakes, one manufacturing flaw to foot rim, overyall outstanding condition for an original ceramic of this age, no restoration whatsoever
Provenance: Dutch private collection
Auction result comparison: FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART, 13 MAY 2009, LONDON, lot 73. (for a similar vase with handles, from the same period, but much smaller)