A glazed white ware lobed ewer, Liao dynasty, 11th century

Lot 1138. A glazed white ware lobed ewer, Liao dynasty, 11th century; 8 in. (27 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000Price realised USD 13,750 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The body is divided into eight lobes by deep grooves on the exterior, and the flattened shoulder is set with a curved dragon spout on one side opposite a strap handle attached to the tall, cylindrical neck, all under a clear glaze. 

ProvenanceChristie's New York, 18 September 2003, lot 238.
Peter Scheinman (1932-2017) Collection, New York.

Note: This ewer was likely intended for wine and would originally have had a cover and sat in a warming basin. Sets of this kind were derived from silver prototypes such as an octagonal silver ewer and warming basin engraved with floral design excavated in 1978 from a hoard found at a Liao dynasty site at Balin Youqi in Ju Ud Meng, Inner Mongolia, illustrated in Zongguo meishu quanji - Gongyi meishu bian, vol. 10, Beijing, 1987, p. 59, nos. 120-121. 

A very similar lobed ewer attributed to the Ding kilns, also molded with a dragon's head at the base of the spout, is illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu - Sung and Liao Dynasties, vol. 10, Tokyo, 1977, no. 78.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York