Lot 757. A tall white-glazed foliate-rimmed vase, Liao dynasty (907-1125). Height Height 17 3/4 in., 45.1 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
well potted, of attenuated baluster form, the rounded shoulders tapering to a high, slender cylindrical neck surmounted by an elegantly lobed cup-shaped mouth, covered overall with a white slip under a transparent glaze, finishing unevenly above the slightly splayed, unglazed foot, revealing the buff-colored stoneware body.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. David Goldstein.
J. J. Lally & Co., New York, 2005.
Exhibited: Early Chinese Ceramics, An American Private Collection, J. J. Lally & Co., New York, 2005, cat. no. 31.
Note: While the cup mouth and lobed rim are not uncommon features of Liao ceramic wares, the slender, elongated silhouette of the present vase is particularly elegant. The present example appears to be unique as no other identical vases have been published. Related vases include two examples, both with ridged necks, illustrated in Yuzo Sugimura, Toji taikei: Ryo no toji [Liao Dynasty Ceramics], vol. 40. Tokyo, 1974, pls 49 (white-glazed phoenix-headed) and 50 (with applied foliate motifs).
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 10 september 2019