Large chinese stoneware vase

May 06, 2020. 18:29 UTC
large chinese stoneware vase
Felix
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Description

I have this unusual and extremely hard and dense Chinese stoneware jar made possibly of Yixing clay of buff colour as the clay is semi porous .A normal stoneware clay heated at 1100-1200 C becomes vitreous and impermeable and this is not the case as minimal absorption occurs once water is poured in the inner parts of the clay body.The extraordinary weight of 11 kilos is due to its high iron content(as seen in picture) most likely a stone clay from Yixing region . It’s an uncommon shape vase / jar with a cover made with a Sang De Boeuf glaze with light pale green thinning's at the rims with neatly perfect drop down of this extremely difficult oxblood firing technique. Interestingly, the cover displays five spur marks (sesame seeds) indicating the support stilts used for this ancient practice during the heating process in the traditional kilns during glazing.The spur marks is exciting as it looks original and undisturbed and filled with the same clay material, thus giving more clues and evidence in dating and its origins. It measures 33 cm in height and 23 on top and narrow bottom of 20 cm with all equal four sides. It was drilled for electricity before as I have discovered and purchased as a lamp shade in an antique shop and I have dismantled it and removed the black bottom covering cloth underneath. Possibly a 17th century Kangshi period ware commonly for the western export market and being stoneware it is unmarked with its sang the beauf glaze characteristics of that period.

Provenance

I have this unusual and extremely hard and dense Chinese stoneware jar made possibly of Yixing clay of buff colour as the clay is semi porous .A normal stoneware clay heated at 1100-1200 C becomes vitreous and impermeable and this is not the case as minimal absorption occurs once water is poured in the inner parts of the clay body.The extraordinary weight of 11 kilos is due to its high iron content(as seen in picture) most likely a stone clay from Yixing region . It’s an uncommon shape vase / jar with a cover made with a Sang De Boeuf glaze with light pale green thinning's at the rims with neatly perfect drop down of this extremely difficult oxblood firing technique. Interestingly, the cover displays five spur marks (sesame seeds) indicating the support stilts used for this ancient practice during the heating process in the traditional kilns during glazing.The spur marks is exciting as it looks original and undisturbed and filled with the same clay material, thus giving more clues and evidence in dating and its origins. It measures 33 cm in height and 23 on top and narrow bottom of 20 cm with all equal four sides. It was drilled for electricity before as I have discovered and purchased as a lamp shade in an antique shop and I have dismantled it and removed the black bottom covering cloth underneath. Possibly a 17th century Kangshi period ware commonly for the western export market and being stoneware it is unmarked with its sang the beauf glaze characteristics of that period.

Answered within 3 days
May 09, 17:04 UTC
By s.k. Breider

Fair Market Value

€40 - €80 EUR

Insurance Value

€120 EUR
What does this mean?

Dear Felix,

Thanks for your detailed information and clear pictures. You have a Chinese Monochrome Sang de Boeuf vase made in China in modern times. I'm sorry to say but there are no signs of old age and I am familiar with these types of wares wandering around in auction houses and fairs. Its a nice decorative vase made in the traditional way. It has a Cong shape going back to song Dynasty. Many modern Chinese objects are made in the traditional way. If this comes to auction you will get a price around the estimate when two or more bidders like it and want to buy it.

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