Lot 11. A splash-glazed stoneware ewer, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.) high. Estimate : USD 1,500 - 2,400. Price Realised: USD 2500.00 . © Christie's Images Ltd 2018
The ewer, of rounded ovoid form, has a short diagonal spout, a pair of loop handles, and a double-strap handle rising to just below the everted rim, and is covered inside and out with a glaze of black color decorated with phosphatic splashes of milky pale blue and buff tone, cloth box.
Provenance: T.Y. King & Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, 20 April 1999.
Note: A black-glazed ewer of Tang dynasty date and similar form, also with loop handles, is in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, and illustrated in Pekin Kokyo Hakubutsuin ten, Tokyo, 1982, p. 74, no. 43. A brown-glazed, slightly smaller, Tang dynasty ewer of similar form was sold at Christie's New York, 29 March 2006, lot 393.
Similar examples can also be found in the Cleveland Museum of Art, illustrated by J. Neils, ed., The World of Ceramics - Masterpieces from the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 1982, no. 95; and by V. Reynolds et al., "2000 Years of Chinese Ceramics - The Newark Museum Collection", The Newark Museum Quarterly, 1977, 28:3/4, cover.
Christie's. The Art of China: New York Summer Edition, 11-19 july 2018