Lot 3231. A rare yellow-glazed marbled pottery cup, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high. Estimate $9,000 - $12,000. Price Realized $11,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The cup has a deep, rounded body that tapers from a bow-string band to the small flared foot and rises to the everted rim, with a loop handle to one side. The marbled white and red ware is covered with a transparent glaze of yellow color, Japanese wood box.

Provenance: In Japan prior to 1976.

LiteratureChugoku bijitsu ten - 3 - Sui to no bijitsu, Osaka Municipal Museum, 1976, p. 18, no. 1-142.

Exhibited: Osaka Municipal Art Museum, Osaka, Japan, Chugoku bijitsu ten Zui To no Bijutsu, 10 - 14 November 1976, no. 1-142.

Note: A very similar marbled cup, but without the bow-string band, from The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, was sold at Christie's New York, 21-22 March 2013, lot 1164.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 15 - 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza