A green-glazed pottery jar and cover, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 2072. A  green-glazed pottery jar and cover, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 6 1/8 in. (15.7 cm.) highEstimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 11,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014. 

The jar has a slightly compressed, globular body, surmounted by a stepped neck and widely-flaring rim. The cover has an everted rim and convex center from which rises the bud-form finial. Both jar and cover are covered in a bright green glaze, stand, box.

ProvenanceT.Y. King & Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, 19 March 1998.

NoteCompare the jar of this shape, covered with a blue glaze, dated Tang dynasty, ca. 8th century, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by S. Valenstein in A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989 rev. ed., p. 64, no. 56, where the author discusses how the monochrome glaze emphasizes the "elegant lines" of the vessel.

The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence no. C114a12 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014