A 'Huozhou' 'fish'-handled cup, Yuan dynasty


Lot 188. A 'Huozhou' 'fish'-handled cup, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Width 4⅛ in., 10.3 cm. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USDLot sold: 4,788 USD. © Sotheby's 2021

the circular bowl with rounded sides supported by a short splayed foot, a flat barbed handle projecting from one side of the rim, the top surface of the handle molded with a scaly fish in profile flanked by a floral spray on each side, the vessel covered with a creamy ivory glaze save for the base, revealing the pale buff body.

Provenance: Acquired prior to 2000.

Note: Huozhou wares, distinguished by their fine white clay and smooth creamy glazes, came into prominence during the Yuan dynasty. See two closely related vessels in the Meiyingtang Collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 1, London, 1994, cat no. 510, and another sold in our London rooms, 7th June 1994, lot 228. 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021