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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 517

    A SMALL AMBER-GLAZED MARBLED PILLOW

    TANG DYNASTY, 8TH-9TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SMALL AMBER-GLAZED MARBLED PILLOW
    TANG DYNASTY, 8TH-9TH CENTURY
    Of rounded octagonal form with a slightly concave top which is decorated with a pattern of marbled ovoid reserves, with some further areas of marbling on the sides, one of which is pierced, the red areas of the marbled ware appearing brown through the transparent amber glaze which partially continues onto the flat base exposing the buff ware
    5½ in. (14 cm.) long, box


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    Marbling, jiao tai, became a popular decorative technique on ceramics of the Tang dynasty, and was applied to a number of different forms, including jars, cups, bowls, dishes and censers. Sections of marbling were also inlaid into larger items, such as pillows, for special decorative effect. The marbled appearance could be achieved either by combining clays of different colors when making the vessel, or by using two contrasting slips on the surface of the vessel. In either case the piece was afterwards covered with a transparent glaze, the most popular of which was amber, as seen on the present lot.

    Provenance

    Acquired in 1991.