A large green and amber-glazed pottery three-part model of a stupa, China, Liao dynasty (AD 907-1125)

Lot 791. A large green and amber-glazed pottery three-part model of a stupa, China, Liao dynasty (AD 907-1125)21 7/8 in. (55.5 cm.) highEstimate $8,000 - $12,000. Price Realized $22,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The bottom section with a balustrade raised on a spreading foot applied with medallions between heart-shaped cut outs, surrounding a lotus-form holder into which fits the center section modeled as a building incised around the sides with five double-door entrances below a tile roof, the upper section with a lower flange below a ribbed spire surmounted by a scalloped flange and jar-form finial glazed amber, box

The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York

NotesCompare the green and amber-glazed jar with pagoda-shaped cover supported on a stand bearing an inscription dating to the Zhihe (1054-1056) period, illustrated by Zhang Bai, Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China, Beijing, 2008, no. 115. 

Oxford thermoluminescence test no. P114n77 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART: METALWORK, SCULPTURE AND EARLY CERAMICS, 20 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.