A small Northern white ware cup, China, Late Tang dynasty, 9th-10th century

Lot 818. A small Northern white ware cup, China, Late Tang dynasty, 9th-10th century2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) highEstimate $2,500 - $3,500. Price Realized $5,250© Christie's Image Ltd 2015

Possibly copying a silver shape, the body tapering to a flat base and applied on one side below the flared rim with a ring handle with foliate base, covered overall with a clear glaze of slightly grey-green tone, box

Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1986.

NoteA similar cup, described as Xing ware and dated Tang dynasty, is illustrated by Zhang Bai in Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China, vol. 3, Beijing, 2008, no. 37.

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.