A rare small parcel-gilt silver cup. Tang dynasty (618-907). Photo: Christie´s Images Ltd 2010

Finely incised around the midsection with a continuous band of scrolling grape vine picked out in gilding and reserved on a ring-punched ground, repeated beneath the flared rim, with a single loop handle applied with two rivets, the whole raised on a short foot encircling a single flower head on the convex base; 2¼ in. (5.8 cm.) high - Estimate $20,000 - $30,000

Provenance: Isabel Mayer Oriental Antiques, late 1950s.

Notes: A smaller (4.5 cm.) Tang dynasty silver cup of closely related form, incised with a different style of floral scroll, from the Kempe Collection, was sold at Sotheby's, London, 14 May 2008, lot 43.


A small parcel-gilt silver box and cover. Tang dynasty (618-907). Photo: Christie´s Images Ltd 2010

Incised on both box and cover with five birds perched amidst a leafy floral scroll, the narrow sides incised with small billowy clouds, all with faint traces of gilding and reserved on the ring-punched ground; 1 15/16 in. (5 cm.) diam., box - Estimate $8,000 - $12,000

Provenance: Acquired in Europe, 15 March 1981.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 16 - 17 September 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza www.christies.com