Two silver stem cups, Tang dynasty. Photo Sotheby’s
each with an everted rim, supported on a short spreading foot, one finely chased on the exterior with pointed arches enclosing birds and animals, separated by a beaded edge from shaped panels enclosing scrolling foliage, details picked out in gilt, all against a fine ring-punched ground; the other unadorned except for a fold around the middle (2). Heights 2 3/8 in., 6 cm. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000 USD
Provenance: Acquired in New York, 1981.
Examples of stem cups similar to the first are illustrated in Pierre Uldry, Chinesisches Gold Und Silber, Zurich, 1994, cat. nos. 134-137; and one from the Carl Kempe Collection sold in our London rooms, 14th May 2008, lot 71. A bowl with a similar decoration to the second cup is illustrated in Duan Shu’an and Li Hong, Selected Treasures from Hejiacun Tang Hoard, Beijing, 2003, no. 17.
SOTHEBY’S. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART, NEW YORK | 16 SEPT. 2014, 10:30 AM