A rare white stoneware lobed oval bowl, Tang dynasty

Lot 218. A rare white stoneware lobed oval bowl, Tang dynasty (618-907), 12.5cm., 4 7/8 in. Estimate 600 - 800 GBP. Lot sold 2,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.

of Persian metal shape, each of the six gently curved lobes rising from a quatrefoil-shaped short straight foot, covered overall in a white slip and an ivory-white glaze save for the unglazed base showing the fine white body.

Literature'Hsing-Yao and Ting-Yao', The Bulletin of Far Eastern Antiquities, no. 25, 1953, Stockholm, 1953, pl. 23, 50, fig. 45.

Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 325.

The World's Great Collections. Oriental Ceramics, vol. 8, Tokyo, 1982, pl. 65.

Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 2002, pl. 532.

Sotheby's. Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork, Early Gold and Silver; Early Chinese White, Green and Black Wares, London, 14 May 2008