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

Lot 1272. A large straw-glazed amphora, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

The tall, ovoid body is applied on the shoulder with four leaf-shaped appliquésimpressed with foliate motifs, below a grooved triple band around the neck flanked by a pair of double-strap handles rising to the dragon-head terminals which are biting the rim of the cup-shaped mouth decorated with appliqué. The vessel is covered with a glaze of pale grey-green tone stopping in an irregular line on the lower body to expose the whitish ware, Japanese double wood box.

ProvenanceIn Japan before 1964.
Private collection, Osaka.

Literature: Nihon To¯ji Kyo¯kai, Chu¯goku koto¯ji To¯-So¯ meito¯ ten, Tokyo, 1964, no. 54.

ExhibitedTokyo, Nihon To¯ji Kyo¯kai, Chu¯goku koto¯ji To¯-So¯ meito¯ ten, 10-22 April 1964. 
Goto Musuem exhibition (according to label).

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