Korean Joseon Stoneware Vessel
Korean Joseon Stoneware vessel, black mottled glaze over funnel-shaped moth, incised rings to neck, two grooves handles to sides, over ovate globular bottle base; light flare to foot.
The handles are remarkably sinuous and fine, each with a finger-tip size impressed oval to base.
One imagines the two vessels may have been made sparately, joined at the shoulder.
This form of sculpture, incorporating aspects of Chinese pottery with Korean taste, is sculptural and went on to influence modern British potters such as Bernard Leach and Hans Coper most particularly.
Wonderful, crisp modelling. No repairs. Mottling to surface intentional.
Provenance: From tgw private collection of an American academic. Acquired while on sabbatical in Asia in the 1980s. In the collection in New York City since then. First time on the market in the west.