Northern Song Black glaze jar with russet markings

This jar is truly an amazing piece, which is hard to portray in pictures. The quality of glaze, markings and shape is really great. I bought the jar at Dries Blitz, a great scholar on early wares. He mentioned a repair to the vase and recommended buying this one. Through the small damage the piece came within my reach.

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The vase is made of a light oatmeal colored pottery. The lustrous black glaze is embellished with brushmarks in a somewhat matted iron red. Notice the obvious coil method of making the jar, and the beautiful flattened rim.

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Mr. Blitz mentions the Ding kilns as a possible kiln of making. Although it is hard to prove this. I found two possible reference pieces to support this idea, one of Sotheby’s, the other in the form of a pillow in the Kwan collection.

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Other possibilities are Henan kilns or Cizhou kilns. Anyway the dating is Northern Song dynasty 960-1127. It has a lovely size of 21,5 cm.

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