A Korean celadon vase (maebyeong)

高麗   青瓷每瓶

The vase is of stoutly potted upright form with rounded shoulders and straight tapering sides, supporting a low well-made neck with galleried rim. The vase is applied overall, including the inside of the mouth, with a smooth, finely bubbled glaze of grey-green colour overfired around one side of the shoulder to a light greenish-brown. The underside of the foot is also glazed, transmuted to a whitish colour, encircled by the low footrim showing the grey ware burnt to a soft brown colour in the firing.  The straight taper of the body and the neatly-made galleried mouth are typical of the early form of the maebyeong and relate closely to the early form of Chinese meiping, suggesting a degree of communication between the respective potters of the period. Later, in both countries, the sides take on a more curved and flared profile, but the early demure form, as shown by the present vessel, is more appealing.

Priestley & Ferraro, 'Chinese and Korean Ceramics and Works of Art', November 2015, cat. no. 15

Early maebyeong are surprisingly rare, but an undecorated example, as here, from only a few years later, is illustrated in Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA, p.45, no. 033.

Dimensions: Height: 25.3 cm, 10 inches

Date: Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), 11th century

Stock No. 2087

Price: On Request