21. R1200



Chinese pottery two-colour globular pouring vessel, hu, with broad rounded body, short neck, flared rim and hexagonal spout on a gently everted foot and recessed base, covered overall in a rich and lustrous green and white splashed glaze extending on the interior of the rim with a clear glaze in the well, falling short of the foot and base revealing the buff-coloured body, the shoulder with a ribbed and raised band, the rim with a further ridge.

4 ¼ inches, 10.8 cm high; 4 7/8 inches, 12.5 cm widest point.

Tang dynasty, 8th century.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the personal collection of Susan Chen.
  • From the Sze Yuan Tang Collection.
  • Included by Littleton & Hennessy and published in their exhibition catalogue, The Splendour of Sancai, The Sze Yuan Tang Collection, The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre, The Netherlands, March 2012, 41, where it mentions, “No other ewers of exactly the same form and decoration appear to be published”.
  • Sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Important Chinese Art, 4th November 2020, lot 239.
  • A related blue splashed pouring vessel, also with similar ribs on the shoulder, is included by Hirano Kotoken in their Exhibition of Old Chinese Ceramics, 1990, no. 27, where they also included a white pouring vessel with green and blue splashes, no. 25; a green splashed pouring vessel with a handle is illustrated by Li Huibing in Porcelain of the Jin and Tang Dynasties, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, no. 167, p. 181, where the author notes “due to the discovery of green splashed shards, it is probable that this group were manufactured at the Gongxian kilns in Henan Province”.
  • A similarly glazed tripod jar of this form also with the incised lines on the shoulder and green dappled glaze is illustrated by Brian McElney in Chinese Ceramics, Volume 1, The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, Inaugural Exhibition, no. 27, p. 64.
  • Three larger green and white splashed ewers with handles and a taller cylindrical neck are illustrated by the Osaka Art Museum, Osaka, in their exhibition of The Art of the Sui and Tang Dynasties, 1976, no. 1-98, p. 14, by He Li in Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, no. 162, and by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One, no. 278, p.156.
  • The dating of this piece is consistent with the result of a thermoluminescence test, Oxford Authentication , no. C.208c14.


One flake chip to the underside of the rim and another tiny flake to the rim, an area to the body restored measuring approx. 3cm x 5cm, minute foot nicks and one tiny hole for thermoluminescence test to the foot rim.