Lot 167. An amber- and green-glazed pottery cup, Tang dynasty (618-907). Diameter 8½ in., 21.5 cm. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD. Lot sold: 7,560 USD. © Sotheby's 2021
the sides molded as a tree trunk set over a flat base, a branch rising on one side and connecting at the rim to form a handle, one side of the cup with a small monkey and a bird, the exterior covered overall with an amber glaze, the interior glazed in rich green tones, Japanese wood box.
Note: The design of the present dish is quite rare and few similar dishes have been published. See a closely related example excavated in Quyang, Hebei, illustrated in Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China, vol. 3, Beijing, 2008, pl. 170. See a line drawing of a Ding dish with a closely related design of a Buddhist lion in pursuit of a beribboned ball, illustrated in Li Zhiyan, Ding Yao Ceramics from the Beixuan Shuzhai Collection, Hong Kong, 2013, p. 53, fig. 41. Compare also two dishes with a similar motif: one sold in our London rooms, 9th June 1987, lot 138 and another sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 4th April 2017, lot 3203.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021