A very rare Changsha ‘phoenix-head’ long-necked painted ewer, Tang Dynasty-Five Dynasties. Estimate HK$ 150,000 – 250,000 (€15,000 – 26,000). Photo Bonhams
The ovoid body painted in dark and light brown with large flowers on scrolling leafy stems, rising to a ribbed neck surmounted with a phoenix head forming the mouth and spout, covered in a buff glaze. 37cm high
Notes: Ceramic phoenix-headed ewers from the Tang Dynasty, such as the present lot, derived from prototypes made in gold and silver. These metal wares were imported from Sasanian Persia along the Silk Road. Ceramic phoenix-headed ewers gained popularity during the Tang Dynasty and were made at various kilns. A white-glazed porcelain ewer similarly formed with a phoenix head spout and without a handle, dated 9th-11th century, in the British Museum, London, is published by S.J. Vainker, Chinese pottery and porcelain, 1991, museum number Asia OA 1936.10-12.206. Compare also with a Qingbai phoenix-head ewer in the Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund and Frank L. Babbott Fund, illustrated by Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, London, 1970, pl.29h.
Bonhams. THE FENG WEN TANG COLLECTION OF EARLY CHINESE CERAMICS, 9 Oct 2014 10:00 HKT. HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY