A large painted dark grey pottery jar and cover, hu, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8)


Lot 1159. A large painted dark grey pottery jar and cover, hu, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8); 21¾ in. (55.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 17,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The bulbous body is applied with a pair of molded taotie mask handles and three raised bands painted a yellowish ochre color that border bands of painted sweeping cloud scrolls below further scrolls and inverted blades on the reel-shaped neck. The domed cover is painted en suite.

ProvenanceYamanaka & Co., Inc. Oriental Art, Part 1; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 24-27 May 1944, lot 83.
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, pp. 50-51.

NoteCompare the similar jar and cover, of comparable height (23 in.), in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco illustrated by He Li in Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, New York, 1996, p. 70, no. 53. Jars of this type were made in imitation of painted black lacquer prototypes that were encircled by metal bands and had metal mounts at the mouth and foot rims.

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