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Chinese bottle, unknown age.
by Sarah Harris
I am a complete novice with regard to Chinese ceramics and it seems to be a bit of a minefield out there!
I would be very grateful for an opinion on this little jar I acquired recently.
It is 12 cm tall and weighs 253 grams. It has definitely had some restoration. The unglazed neck has been restored and then painted gold, which I am sure is not original. There is also what seems to be a restoration on one side, as the colour and texture of the glaze is different.
After hours (!) of searching on the web I think that the naturalistic style of painting and the deep cobalt colouring suggests it might be from the transitional period but I just don't know the minutiae of this extraordinary art form!
Would be very grateful for any further info or opinions.