A massive straw-glazed amphora, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 425. A massive straw-glazed amphora, Tang dynasty (618-907); 62cm., 24 3/8 in. Estimate 1,500 — 2,000 GBP. Lot Sold 5,250 GBP. Photo courtesy Sotheby's 2008

the broad-shouldered baluster body rising from a tapering flat base to a tall waisted and ribbed neck with everted waisted rim, set at the shoulder with a large pair of dragon headed handles, the jaws of each clasping to the rim, covered overall in a straw glaze.

LiteratureThe Tectus Collection. Chinese Ceramics, Stockholm, 1991, pl. 29.

Chinese Ceramic Treasures. A Selection from the Ulricehamn East Asian Museum, Including the Carl Kempe Collection, Ulricehamn, 2002, pl. 40.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 05 Nov 08. London