A white-glazed pottery ewer. Tang dynasty. photo Sotheby's

the bulbous body rising to a trumpet neck, the rounded shoulders with a tapering cylindrical spout opposite a three-stranded strap handle terminating in a stylized lion's head biting the rim of the neck, the overall ivory glaze finely crackled; height 10 1/4 in., 26 cm. Estimate 2,000—3,000 USD. Lot Sold 5,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Sotheby & Co., London, 14th November 1972, lot 270.

Sotheby's. Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co. 22 Mar 11. New York www.sothebys.com