An amber-glazed marbled pottery cup, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1164. An amber-glazed marbled pottery cup, Tang dynasty (618-907); 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) across handle. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 87,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The cup has a deep, rounded body that rises from the small flared foot to the everted rim, and a loop handle to one side. It is covered inside and out with a marbled white and reddish slip that appears as brown marbling under the yellow-amber glaze.

ProvenanceRaymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.
The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1962.

NoteTCompare the similar glazed marbled cup illustrated in Zui To no Bijutsu, The Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art, 1976, p. 18, no. 1-142.

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