A sancai-glazed pottery circular tray and six cups, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 716. A sancai-glazed pottery circular tray and six cups, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907). Tray 9 5/8 in. (24.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 8,125. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014.

The shallow tray is raised on a circular foot ring and has upright sides decorated in green, amber and cream glazes that are arranged in stripes on the exterior and fall in an irregular line on the unglazed interior and underside. The cups, of varying sizes and shapes, are splash-glazed in a similar palette. Together with a small sancai splashed-glazed cup, Tang dynasty.

ProvenanceBluett & Sons, London, May 1961.
Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York.
Else Sackler Collection, and thence by descent within the family.

ExhibitedLow Memorial Library, Columbia University, The Columbia University Exhibition of 3000 Years of the Ceramic Art and Ancient Sculpture of China from the Sackler Collections, 11 November 1962 - 18 January 1963.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 3500 Years of Chinese Art: Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1987.

Note: Compare with other similar sets including a set with nine cups from the Idemitsu Collection illustrated in The 15th Anniversary Catalogue, Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1981, no. 616; a smaller set illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 9, Sui and T'ang Dynasties, Tokyo, 1955, no. 103; and a set of ten sancai cups and a tray sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 November 1984, lot 138.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza