Lot 5. A sancai-glazed pottery jar, Tang dynasty. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 18,750 USD. Photo: Sotheby's
the globular body rising from a splayed foot to a short neck and rolled rim, glazed in emerald-green and amber with reserved white florets, stopping unevenly above the base to reveal the pinkish-buff body, the rim applied with an amber glaze, extending over the rim into the interior, with three spur marks at the rim, wood stand, Japanese wood box (4) - Height 7 5/8 in., 19.5 cm
Provenance: Ishibashi Family Collection (label).
Notes: A jar of similar form and design, with the addition of a cobalt-blue glaze applied to the center of the florets, formerly in the collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, was sold at Christie's New York, 20th March 2001, lot 141; and another from the Meiyintang Collection is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 3, London, 2006, pl. 1298. A related green, amber and clear-glazed 'floret' jar and cover in the Tokyo National Museum is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics. The World's Greatest Collections, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 9.
Related jars, with the florets enclosed within vertical bands or diapers, include one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Porcelain of the Jin and Tang Dynasties. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 204; and another illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, pl. 248
Sotheby's. Chinese Art Through the Eye of Sakamoto Gor: Early Chinese Art, New York, 13 Sep 2016, 10:00 AM