A large Chinese straw-glazed dragon-handled amphora, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 465. A large Chinese straw-glazed dragon-handled amphora, Tang dynasty (618-907); height 22 1/4 in.; 56.5 cm. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the baluster-form body sweeping upward to a generous shoulder supporting a trumpet neck with a cupped mouth, a pair of arched handles flanking the neck and meeting at the rim in sculpted dragon-head terminals, the lengths of the handles studded with carved bosses, covered overall in a translucent straw-colored glaze suffused with craquelure and draining irregularly at the lower body.

Provenance: Collection of Nelson Rockefeller, prior to 1979.

Sotheby's. A Collecting Legacy: Property from the Collection of Nelson & Happy Rockefeller, New York, 18 January 2019, 10:00 AM