16 mars 2009

Sancai and Blue Glazed Candlestick. Tang Dynasty, first half of the 8th century. Gongxian, Henan Province. Glazed Earthenware

Sancai and Blue Glazed Candlestick. Tang Dynasty, first half of the 8th century. Gongxian, Henan Province. Glazed Earthenware Height: 12 ¼ in, 32 cm Note: This example is particularly noteworthy for its large size and for the careful and exact application of the lead based sancai glazes which are notoriously viscous. The artisan has enhanced the strong architectural form, based on a metal prototype, by decorating the various elements in different and contrasting sancai and blue glazes. Egyptians, Greeks, Etruscans and... [Lire la suite]
16 mars 2009

Blue Glazed Pottery Tripod Jar and Cover (Fu). Tang dynasty, late 7th – early 8th century. Gongxian, Henan Province.

Blue Glazed Pottery Tripod Jar and Cover (Fu). Tang dynasty, late 7th – early 8th century. Gongxian, Henan Province. Height: 9 ½ in, 24 cm. Note: This remarkable jar, still retaining its original cover, represents the highest achievement of the Tang potters of the early eighth century. In their hands one of the oldest and most traditional of Chinese forms, the tripod jar, first seen in Neolithic pottery and then in archaic bronzes, is transformed into the elegant and sophisticated globular vessel resting here on three legs... [Lire la suite]