Rare Jizhou 'Wave'  Bottle

Early Yuan Dynasty  元 (1271-1368)

5 ¼ inches high




Tall neck and body painted with waves


The Jizhou kilns situated in southern Jiangxi Provence, followed the tradition set up by the Cizhou kilns in Southern Hebei provence much further north, which during the previous decades had produced a wide variety of pottery wares often for utilitarian use and usually decorated with bold sweeping strokes often in brown hues, that depict naturalistic animals such as tigers, deer, and fish as well as the more fantastic dragons and phoenix. At Jizhou however, there was generally greater restraint used and a keener eye for detail. After the fall of the southern Song in 1279, the social and cultural environment changed, gone are the elegant and expensive wares and in came the decorated wares of kilns like Jizhou and later the kilns at Jingdezhen adopting similar designs but using underglaze cobalt on white porcelains.

For a  near identical Jizhou example both in shape and decoration from the Jiangxi Provincial Museum, China see, The World Of Khublilai Khan – Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2010, fig. 307


For two jars, one from the Mr. and Mrs. Locsin Collection and another with a cover from the Mrs. B. Virata Collection, each painted around their bodies with similar wave design, see  Margaret Medley, Yuan Porcelain and Stoneware, London, 1974, figs 113a and 113b.


For other examples depicting similar wave design or wave bands, see a fish jar and cover, Royal Ontario Museum, The T.T.Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art, Toronto, 1996, pl. 99; two small jars, Margaret Medley, Yuan Porcelain & Stoneware, London, 1974, pp.128-129, pls. 113a & b