18 March 2009
TWO SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY MEDALLION-DECORATED VESSELS
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
One a ewer raised on a tall pedestal foot, the globular body applied with four medallions molded as foreigners grasping a fleeing deer around its middle, separated by smaller foliate medallions applied above and below, with pinched mouth and bosses applied to the double strap handle; the other a globular tripod jar with three similar hunter medallions below clouds alternating with resist-glazed flowers on the shoulder, both with brownish-glazed body and highlights in blue and straw glaze
Ewer 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) high; jar 7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) across (2)
Ewer: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1975.
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