121
121
An unusual straw-glazed pottery 'pouch'-form flask
Tang Dynasty
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,800 USD
JUMP TO LOT
121
An unusual straw-glazed pottery 'pouch'-form flask
Tang Dynasty
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,800 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Concordia House Collection: Fine Chinese Jades and Important Works of Art from a Midwestern Family

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An unusual straw-glazed pottery 'pouch'-form flask
Tang Dynasty

modelled after a leather prototype, the bulbous body with flattened base, set with an arched handle beside a short rounded spout, the deep U-shaped sides with raised curved flanges and incised cross-hatched panels on each side imitating seams and cloth flaps, respectively, stand (2)


Quantity: 2
6 1/4 in., 16 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Mrs. Robert Wheeler.

Exhibited

Chinese Ceramics in Chicago Collections, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1982, cat.no. 17, p. 33.

Catalogue Note

Pottery flasks of this type are modelled after leather flasks which were used during hunting or taken on travels and were usually tied to the horse.  Similar flasks were also made during the Liao and Jin Dynasties, as well as in various glazes.

Compare a 'Xing' flask of very similar form illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelain of the Jin and Tang Dynasties, Shanghai, 1996, pl. 88.  See also a green-glazed flask of related shape, unearthed in 1985 at Sanmenxia City, Henan province, included in the exhibition The Silk Road. Treasures from the Tang Dynasty, The Empress Palace, Singapore, 1991, p. 11 bottom.

The Concordia House Collection: Fine Chinese Jades and Important Works of Art from a Midwestern Family

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New York