This elegant, slender meiping form vase, the exterior freely and boldly decorated in black over a white slip with floral blooms borne on leafy stems meandering across the vessel, above horizontal bands encircling the lower body. This vase is typical of Cizhou-ware, Northern China.
Highly collectable Chinese folk art. The Song dynasty
Chinese ceramics of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) are perhaps the foremost expression of ceramic art, not only in China but in the entire world.
In general, the shapes of Song Dynasty are simple, almost minimalist, and sedate by comparison to what preceded them and what was to follow. Likewise, the glazes tend to be monochromatic and subtle, a fluid, integral part of the form of the vessel they cover, with a depth of color and texture that invites the spectator to both touch and contemplate.
song dynasty vase