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A VERY RARE SMALL BLUE AND AMBER-GLAZED 'TORTOISE' WATERPOT TANG DYNASTY | 唐 藍釉加黃彩龜形水注

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

TANG SANCAI - THE SZE YUAN TANG COLLECTION | 思源堂舊藏唐三彩珍品

A VERY RARE SMALL BLUE AND AMBER-GLAZED 'TORTOISE' WATERPOT TANG DYNASTY | 唐 藍釉加黃彩龜形水注

A VERY RARE SMALL BLUE AND AMBER-GLAZED 'TORTOISE' WATERPOT TANG DYNASTY | 唐 藍釉加黃彩龜形水注

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

Lot sold:

35,280

GBP

TANG SANCAI - THE SZE YUAN TANG COLLECTION

思源堂舊藏唐三彩珍品

A VERY RARE SMALL BLUE AND AMBER-GLAZED 'TORTOISE' WATERPOT

TANG DYNASTY

唐 藍釉加黃彩龜形水注


naturalistically modelled with its head raised, the shell detailed with hexagonal incisions with three central cells forming the opening to the hollowed body, the head and shell covered with an attractive blue glaze, the rest covered with an amber glaze

Width 8.5 cm, 3⅜ in.

There are three small glaze flakes to the inside edge of the rim.


中文內容僅供參考,請以英文原版為準。口沿内有三小處剝釉。


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The dating of this lot is consistent with the result of a thermoluminescence test, Oxford authentication Ltd., no. C120e88.

This charming figure of a tortoise was most likely used as a waterpot or a waterdropper, as suggested by the aperture on its back and the small hole in its mouth. The tortoise was a popular subject for writing utensils as it was symbolic of longevity, strength and wisdom, qualities also associated with scholars. Writing accessories in the form of tortoises were made in ceramic form at least since the Han dynasty (206 BC- AD 220), although those specifically intended as waterpots are rare.


A similar blue-and-amber glazed figure of a tortoise is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, accession no. EA1956.1057; another from the Charles B. Hoyt collection, is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession no. 50.890; and a third in the Meiyintang collection, is published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 3 (I), London, 2006, no. 1181.


A fragment of a blue-glazed tortoise, was discovered together with a green-glazed example at the Gongyi kilns in Gongxian, Henan province, suggesting a possible place of manufacture for this piece (Huangye Tang sancai yao/ Three-Colour Glazed Pottery Kilns of the Tang Dynasty at Huangye, Beijing, 2000, col. pl. 44, nos 1 and 2).