Sotheby’s sells rare Chinese ewer

EwerA rare ewer from the Tang dynasty has sold well above its estimate price to become one of the highlights of Sotheby’s recent week-long ‘Important Chinese Art sale’ in London.

The Sancai ‘phoenix head’ ewer, applied with Hellenistic style decoration and modelled in the form of a Sasanian metal ewer, was bought by London-based dealers, Eskenzai, for £2.3m at the sale on 13th May. The piece sold for almost four times its estimate of between £40,000 to £60,000.

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