Tang SancaiTripod Plate

Diameter 25.5cm

Tang Dynasty 680-907 AD China


A large plate on three leg supports and a flared mouth-rim.  The rim is covered in a dark green glaze.  The outermost band on the flat bottom consists of a band of amber colored glaze spotted in a white wax resist pattern.  The interior is decorated with an carved 8-part lotus decoration consisting of blue and green glaze lotus leaves over white resist lotus petals, each with a lotus bud in its center.  The center medallion consists of an amber and green solid band surrounding a carved lotus flower in full bloom depicted in green, blue, amber and white.  Large rim chip re-stuck (original material).  The underside center is unglazed revealing a whitish pottery clay body with amber glaze applied around underside of the rim and feet only.  

An example of similar color scheme and border design, but different center impression, is published in Regina Krahl’s “Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection” Volume 3 (I), 2006. pl. 1270.

From a private Japanese collection with old fitted wooden box with silk interior.