A celadon-glazed small box and cover, Tang dynasty - photo Sotheby's

of compressed circular form, the narrow straight sides each angled towards the flat unglazed base and the slightly domed top molded with a flower, each petal highlighted with a dark brown spot, Japanese wood box (4); Diameter 3 3/8  in., 8.5 cm - Estimation: 8,000 - 10,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Hirano Kotoken, Tokyo.
Kitayama Fine Arts, Tokyo, acquired in the 1970s.

NOTE: A closely related molded box and cover dated to the Tang dynasty, in the Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art is illustrated in Zuitou no bijyutsu (Arts of Sui and Tang), Osaka, 1980, p. 19, fig. 154.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 19 mars 2013 - www.sothebys.com