Early Longquan Celadon Spouted Jar

Northern Song Dynasty – early 11th century, China

Height: 26cm

 

A three-tiered vessel with the bottom tier of a baluster form sitting on a splayed foot.  The center tier is a compressed form with five faceted faux-spouts rising from its shoulders.  The top tier has a similarly compress form and is surmounted by a high collar cylindrical neck.  All three tiers are decorated overall with carved overlapping lotus petals.  The domed lid has a cylindrical bottom and  foliate form skirt below the carved dome and at the top of the finial.  The finial is inset with a small jar form.  The entire piece is covered with a dark green finely crackled and translucent celadon glaze.  It is in overall excellent condition with expected glaze wear and scratches and an approximately 1 cm chip to the top of the lid finial.  

Two similar forms (but with five tiers) are published in Sekai Touji Zeshu, Shogakukan, Tokyo 1977., Vol. 12.  Plate 174 for an example from the Tokyo National Museum, and fig. 50 illustrating a piece from Yamato Bunka Gallery, Osaka.  

Provenance:

Walter Hochstadter, New York

Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, no. 1941:3 (Purchased through the Charles Clifton Fund in 1941.)

Published in “Albright Knox Art Gallery Painting and Sculpture from Antiquity - 1942”, Nash, Kline, Kotik and Wood, 1979.  Pg. 107.