A Sancai-glazed pottery censer, Tang dynasty (ad 618-907)

Lot 1152. A sancai-glazed pottery censer, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) diamEstimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 4,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

The flaring dish with flat, everted rim is raised on five molded supports, each surmounted by a horned bird head, and the base is formed as a low ring. The dish and molded supports are covered with a splashed glaze of amber, dark olive-green and cream color, and the base is amber-glazed.

ProvenanceStephen Junkunc, III (1904-1978) Collection.

Note: A related censer which is raised on five human-form figures is illustrated by Liu Liang-yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 1, 'Early Wares: Prehistoric to Tenth Century', Taipei, 1991, p. 239 (top right).

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 - 14 September