Lot 1165. A sancai-glazed pottery amphora, Tang dynasty (618-907); 13¾ in. (35 cm.) high. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 17,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The ovoid body is raised on a flat base, and the rounded shoulder is splash-glazed in amber, green and cream, exposing the buff ware of the unglazed lower body, while the reel-shaped neck is glazed amber, as are the two dragon-headed handles that bite the cup-shaped mouth.

Provenance: Yamanaka & Co., New York, 1943.
Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.
The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1962.

LiteratureThe Raymond A. Bidwell Collection of Chinese Bronzes and Ceramics, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1965, p. 64.

Exhibited: Yamanaka & Co., New York, Collection of Chinese and Other Far Eastern Art, 1943, no. 753.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of ArtNew York21 - 22 March 2013.