Lot 505. A pair of painted grey pottery faceted jars and cover, fanghu, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 21¾ in. (55.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 6,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008.
Each faceted pear-shaped body painted on two sides with a rampant bird-like dragon, the other two sides with a taotie mask and ring handle, below a band of blades, raised on a tall flared foot, the faceted cover similarly painted.
Provenance: Paris Biennale.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C100w93 is consistent with the dating of this lot.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art, New York, 19 March 2008.