A Rare Large Grey-Green-Glazed Jar and Cover, Six Dynasties (220 or 222–589)

Lot 243. A Rare Large Grey-Green-Glazed Jar and Cover, Six Dynasties (220–589); 17½in. (44.5cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 40,000. Price realised USD 28,200. © Christie's Image Limited

Of ovoid form tapering to a flat base, the high shoulder applied with two single and two pairs of loop handles of angular outline, each pair positioned below a small loop pendent from the lower edge of the flared, galleried rim, the hat-shaped cover with wide everted rim and slightly domed top incised with a flowerhead at the base of the knop (now broken), covered overall with a clear crackled glaze of grey-green tone

Note: Jars of this type and size are rare, and one with a cover is even more rare. Compare a smaller jar of this form, with a more yellowish degraded glaze, illustrated by Lu Yaw, Lee Kong Chian Art Museum, Singapore, ca. 1990, pl. 35.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics, Paintings and Works of Art, New York, 21 September 2000