9. M4831



Chinese pottery sancai, three-colour glazed bowl, wan, with everted rim and raised cavetto, the three-colour splashed glaze covering the interior and exterior falling short of the buff-coloured inverted foot rim, the well of the interior with spur marks from the firing.

4 ½ inches, 11.5 cm diameter.

Tang dynasty, Gongxian kilns, Henan Province, early 8th century.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Gure.
  • Included by Basil Gray in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition of Wares of the T’ang Dynasty, 1949, 38, p. 70.
  • Purchased from Eiji Nishikawa, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Published by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Tang to Song, 2022, no. 9, pp. 28-29.
  • A blue and cream splashed bowl of this form is included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Three (I), no. 1259, p. 237, where the author notes, “For a fragmentary bowl of this silver shape, with its sharp ridge around the outside, without glaze, recovered from the Gongxian kiln sites at Huangye in Gongyi, Henan Province, see Huangyi Tang sancai yao, 2000, pl. 23, fig. 3. Such fired, unglazed sherds from the kiln sites demonstrate that the practice of biscuit firing before the application of the glaze was common at the Huangye manufactories.”
  • A blue glazed bowl of this form is illustrated by Li Huibing in Porcelain of the Jin and Tang Dynasties, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, 185, p. 200.
  • A three-colour striped example, excavated from the tomb of the Princess Yongtai at Qian District, Shaanxi, dated 706, together with a marbled glazed example in the Tokyo National Museum, are illustrated by Masahiko Sato and Gakuji Hasebe in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Ceramic Art of the World, Volume 11, Sui and T’ang Dynasties, 77 & 79, pp. 100-103.


Available on request.