Lot 166. A straw-glazed amphora, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 15 1/2 in., 39.4 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 27,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.
the tall ovoid body rising to a waisted neck supporting a cupped mouth with a rolled lip rim, the broad shoulders set with a pair of dragon handles springing up from the shoulders and biting the rim of the vessel, the upper portion dipped in a very pale straw white glaze pooling in the recesses.
Provenance: John Sparks Ltd., London, 11th January 1985.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art, New York, 17 march 2015