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An extremely rare white marble 'grain measure' cup, Song dynasty | 宋 大理石柳斗紋盃

An extremely rare white marble 'grain measure' cup, Song dynasty | 宋 大理石柳斗紋盃

An extremely rare white marble 'grain measure' cup, Song dynasty | 宋 大理石柳斗紋盃

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An extremely rare white marble 'grain measure' cup

Song dynasty 

宋 大理石柳斗紋盃


Height 2⅜ in., 6 cm

Two rim cracks, the largest measuring 27mm.


口沿見兩處沖線,最大處約2.7公分。 


Because this lot was imported into the United States after September 1, 2020, it is subject to an import tariff of 7.5% of the value declared upon entry into the United States. $525, plus applicable sales tax will be included on your invoice unless you instruct Sotheby's to arrange shipping of the lot to a foreign address. For more information on the import tariff, please review the Symbol Key in the back of the catalogue. If you have any questions, please contact tariffs@sothebys.com.


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我們很高興為您提供上述拍品狀況報告。由於敝公司非專業修復人員,在此敦促

您徵詢其他專業修復人員,以獲得更詳盡、專業之報告。


準買家應該檢查每件拍品以確認其狀況,蘇富比所作的任何陳述均為主觀看法而

非事實陳述。雖然本狀況報告或有針對某拍品之討論,但所有拍賣品均根據印於

圖錄內之業務規則以拍賣時狀況出售。

Collection of Professor Charles Gabriel (1873-1940) and Brenda Zara Seligman (1882-1965), by 1955. 

Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997). 

Wou Lien-Pai Museum, coll. no. T.5.2. 


Charles Gabriel 教授 (1873-1940) 及 Brenda Zara Seligman (1882-1965) 收藏,1955年已入藏

吳權博士 (1910-1997) 收藏

吳蓮伯博物院,編號T.5.2

The Arts of the T'ang Dynasty, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1955, cat. no. 319.


《The Arts of the T'ang Dynasty》,東方陶瓷學會,倫敦,1955年,編號319

This extremely unusual marble cup belongs to a group of silver, hardstone and ceramic vessels believed to have been produced in imitation of basketwork rice measures. Such cups first appeared in silver during the Tang dynasty, such as one exhibited by Yamanaka in 1925 and illustrated in R.L. Hobson, 'A Tang Silver Hoard', The British Museum Quarterly, May 1926, pl. Xa, which may have served as the prototype for the cups produced during the Song dynasty, including those made at the Ganzhou kilns, located in Jiangxi province, such as one illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 3, pt 2, London, 2006, p. 565, pl. 1559. For ceramic cups of the same design produced at other kilns during the Song dynasty, see Roberto Gardellin, 'Reed-basket Ceramic Wares in Northern China between 9th-13th century', Oriental Art, March 2015, pp 13-25. A white-glazed Ding example, also formerly in the Seligman Collection, is now in the British Museum, London. It is illustrated alongside a silver bowl from the same collection in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p. 392, fig. 1. 


Cups produced in jade and hardstones are much rarer. An opaque white jade example from the Hotung Collection is illustrated in ibid., pl. 29:2; another from the Dr. Ip Yee Collection is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Chinese Jade Carvings, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1983, cat. no. 200; and a third from the collection of Desmund Gure was exhibited alongside the present lot in The Arts of the T'ang Dynasty, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1955, cat. no. 315.