This well-potted jar with finely molded appliques and well-controlled splashed glaze is similar to an equally fine example with very similar large stellate medallions, and also with cover, included in the exhibition, Cina a Venezia, 1986, Catalogue, p. 189, no. 99. Another jar and cover of this quality is illustrated by Liu Liang-yu, Early Wares: Prehistoric to Tenth Century, Taipei, 1991, p. 213 (left col. center). Compare, also, the example sold in our London rooms, 11 June 1990, lot 65.
Other jars without covers and with fewer small foliate appliques have been included in exhibitions. One in Mostra d'Arte Cinese, Venice, 1954, Catalogue, p. 102, no. 327; one from the collection of Howard C. Hollis, The Arts of the T'ang Dynasty, Los Angeles County Museum, 8 January - 17 February 1957, no. 197; and the example in An Exhibition of Noted Chinese Ceramics, Japan, 1992, Catalogue, p. 24, no. 12.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C199b20 is consistent with the dating of this lot.