A white 'Xing'-type stoneware ewer, Five dynasties, 10th century

Lot 103. A white 'Xing'-type stoneware ewer, Five dynasties, 10th century. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's

well potted, the ovoid body rising from a short spreading foot to a narrow trumpet neck and flared rim, set to one side with a tied triple-stranded strap handle and to the other with a short tapered spout, covered overall with a translucent glaze of creamy white pooling to a pale bluish tone, stopping unevenly above the unglazed foot to reveal the white body - Height 8 in., 20.5 cm

NotesWhite-glazed ewers of this type have variously been attributed to the Xing and Ding kilns of Hebei province during the late Tang and Five dynasties. Compare a similar ewer of the same size attributed to the Xing kilns, formerly in the Kempe Collection, illustrated in Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 286 and sold in our London rooms, 14th May 2008, lot 205.

Other ewers of closely related form and glaze include one in the Royal Ontario Museum, illustrated in Yutaka Mino, Pre-Sung Dynasty Chinese Stonewares of the Royal Ontatio Museum, Toronto, 1974, pl. 66; another included in the exhibitionDecorated Porcelains of Dingzhou. White Ding wares from the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2014, cat. no. I-8; and a third published in Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1988, pl. 315.

The dating of this lot is consistent with the results of a thermoluminescence test, C-Link Research & Development Limited, Hong Kong, sample no. 6624CA02.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 13 sept. 2016, 10:30 AM