A rare small sancai-glazed pottery pillow, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1310. A rare small sancai-glazed pottery pillow, Tang dynasty (618-907); 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) long. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 10,625. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

Of unusual faceted shape, the upper facet of the two long sides molded with a panel of a galloping horse above a panel of a pair of ducks confronted on a foliate motif, with further foliate motifs on the ends, all resist-glazed in amber and cream and reserved on a green granular ground, the borders and slightly arched base also resist-glazed, one end pierced, wood stand.

ProvenanceYin Chuan Tang Ltd., Hong Kong, 14 February 1992.
Greenwald Collection no. 16

Literature: Gerald M. Greenwald, The Greenwald Collection, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1996, no. 16

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011