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A sancai-glazed offering-tray, 11th century, Liao Dynasty. Sold for £6,250 (€8,004). Photo Bonhams

The thickly potted earthenware dish with a rolled lip, covered in a finely crackled ochre-coloured lead glaze, the well with an impressed foliate roundel glazed in green, cream and brown, raised on three short feet. 26.4cm (10 3/8in) diam.

Notes: The shape of the present lot is borrowed from the offering-trays of the Tang Dynasty which in turn had taken their inspiration from silver dishes. According to M. Medley in Tang Pottery & Porcelain (Faber&Faber 1981) the buff body material, the bold application of coloured glazes on the impressed motif and the three spur marks on the top surface all date the dish to the 11th century.

Bonhams. ASIAN ART, 3 Nov 2014 10:30 GMT – LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE