A rare 'basket-weave' jar and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 490. A rare 'basket-weave' jar and cover, Song dynasty (960-1279); 11.5cm., 4 1/2 in. Estimate 250 — 350 GBP. Lot Sold 4,000 GBP. Photo courtesy Sotheby's 2008

the flattened ovoid body moulded around the exterior with a basket weave pattern and set at the shoulder with two small tubular handles, the similarly moulded domed cover set with corresponding tubular handles at the rim, covered overall in a light brown glaze save for the rims and base. Quantity: 2.

Provenance: Warren E. Cox Collection, New York (according to label).

Literature: Bo Gyllensvard, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl.270.

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