A Blue Splashed sancai-Glazed Cylindrical Tripod Censer And A Cover, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Lot 2922. A Blue Splashed sancai-Glazed Cylindrical Tripod Censer And A Cover, Tang Dynasty (618-907); 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) high overall, boxEstimate HKD 160,000 - HKD 200,000. Price realised HKD 237,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021

The cylindrical censer is modelled in the shape of lian and decorated on the exterior with blue splashes. The interior is covered with amber glaze. The base, the inside and bottom of the feet are unglazed exposing the body.

Provenance: Dexinshuwu Collection, acquired in Taipei, prior to 1995
Christie’s Hong Kong, 4 October 2016, lot 7 (the censer).

Exhibited: National Museum of History, The Special Exhibition of Tang Tri-colour, Taipei, 1995, catalogue, p. 132.

A sancai-Glazed Bottle Vase, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Lot 2923. A sancai-Glazed Bottle Vase, Tang Dynasty (618-907); 9 1/2 in. (24 cm.) high, boxEstimate HKD 280,000 - HKD 400,000Price realised HKD 350,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021

The ovoid vase rising to a slender trumpet neck, supported on a flared foot, is covered overall with a finely splashed glaze of green, ochre and cream colour. The base is unglazed revealing the white slip.

Provenance: Dexinshuwu Collection, acquired in Taipei, prior to 1995
Christie’s Hong Kong, 4 October 2016, lot 6.

Exhibited: National Museum of History, The Special Exhibition of Tang Tri-colour, Taipei, 1995, catalogue, p. 137.

A Pair Of Glazed Pottery Figures Of Ladies, Tang Dynasty (618-907

Lot 2924. A Pair Of Glazed Pottery Figures Of Ladies, Tang Dynasty (618-907); 5 7/8 in (15 cm.) wide, boxEstimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000Price realised HKD 275,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021

The box is made in imitation of a metal or wood prototype. The rectangular box is raised on four blue-glazed corner supports attached with cream-glazed bosses simulating metal studs repeated on the amber-glazed sides which rise to a curved upper edge and floral decorated top. The vertical sides are decorated with lion mask appliqués, the top is applied with a small ‘hinged’ cover.

ProvenanceAcquired in Hong Kong in 1999.

The results of Oxford thermoluminescence tests, sample nos. C199e62 (January 1999) and C199g1 (February 1999), are consistent with the dating of this lot.

A Rare sancai-Glazed Money Chest, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Lot 2926. A Rare sancai-Glazed Money Chest, Tang Dynasty (618-907); Larger: 11 7/8 in. (30.3 cm.) high, box. Estimate HKD 280,000 - HKD 300,000Price realised HKD 275,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021

Each of the figure is modelled standing with flowing robes, hair dressed in a knotted loop above each ear. One of the figure’s dress is glazed in green and holding a dog in her hands, the other glazed in yellow holding a box.

Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, prior to 1999.

Note: Compare to a similar but slightly larger sancai pottery money chest (23.3 cm. across), sold at Christie’s New York, 21 September 2000, lot 267 (fig. 1).

The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. PH128/654 (January 2012), is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 may 2021