19. M4756



Chinese pottery sancai, three-colour glazed quatrefoil presentation dish, pan, supported on four outward curled legs moulded on the sides with scrollwork, decorated with a deep cobalt blue and white-splashed glaze, the reverse partially covered with an amber glaze falling short of the centre revealing the buff-coloured body.

8 ½ inches, 21.6 cm corner to corner.

Tang dynasty, Gongxian kilns, Henan Province, 7th – 8th century.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • Purchased by S. H. Chan, Hong Kong, circa 1985.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Tang to Song, no. 19, pp. 52-53.
  • A near-identical example is illustrated by Eskenazi in their exhibition of Chinese ceramic vessels, 500-1000 AD, 2001, no. 10, pp. 28/9 and another by Berwald Oriental Art, New York in their exhibition of Shaping Tang Ceramics, Influences from the Silk Road, 2009, no. 9, pp. 18/9; another in the Rietberg Museum, Zurich, is illustrated by William Watson in Tang and Liao Ceramics, no. 139, p. 158.
  • A green and white splashed example, formerly in the collection of Johannes Hellner, in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, is illustrated by Bo Gyllensvärd in The World’s Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, 8, colour pl. 20; a green and amber splashed example, previously sold by J. J. Lally & Co., New York, and a yellow monochrome example are included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Three (I), no. 1275, p. 255 and Volume One, no. 255, p.149 respectively.


Available on request.