A rare blue-splashed box and cover. Tang dynasty. photo courtesy Sotheby's

of circular section with straight sides, the slightly domed cover and base modeled with a groove around the edge, covered overall in mottled blue and ochre splashes (2): diameter 3 3/4 in., 9.4 cm. Estimate 8,000—12,000 USD. Lot Sold 7,500 USD

Sotheby's. Fine Ceramics and works of Art. 15 Sept 2010. New York www.sothebys.com