Lot 1457. A Large High-Fired Glazed White Ware Cup, Sui-Early Tang Dynasty, 6th-7th Century;  4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm.) diam. Estimate $6,000 - $8,000Price realised USD 7,500. © Christie's Images Ltd., 2011

Finely potted with steep sides, covered inside and out with a crackled clear glaze pooling to a faint olive color in the interior and falling in a line above the neatly finished, flared solid foot exposing the fine white ware

Provenance: Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1984.

Property From A Private European Collection

Note: Fine high-fired white wares of this type were made at both the Xing kilns in Hebei province and the Gongxian kilns in Henan. Similar cups dated to the Sui dynasty have been excavated at the site of the Xing kiln and are illustrated in Wenwu 1987:9, pp. 4-5, figs. 6 and 10-4. The present cup, however, is of unusually large size. One of comparable size (12.9 cm.) was sold in these rooms, The Falk Collection I, 21 September 2001, lot 10. See, also, the pair (12 cm. diam.) illustrated in the catalogue of the Charles B. Hoyt Collection Memorial Exhibition, 1952, p. 37, no. 142.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I & II,  15 - 16 September 2011. New York, Rockefeller Plazza