China, Northern Dynasties (ca. 6th/7th cent.). Ceramic with olive-green glaze. Bellied spherical shape on 3 small feet with cylindrical cover. The wall with a sumptuous relief decoration in the shape of a rhomb grid. The shoulder with a relief border of reclined mythical creatures. Side handles and cover pommel in the shape of a ram"s head. Exceptionally well preserved. H. 38 cm, diam. 35,5. - The result of QED Laboratoire, Aix-en-Provence, thermoluminescence test no. QED1208/FC-0308 is consistent with the dating of this lot. - The tone of the glaze and the sumptuos moulded decoration is typical for ceramics of the Northern Dynasties. Compare the present piece to an elaborate stoneware vase with moulded decoration and sumptuos ornaments in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (late 6th cent.). Concerning the ornamentation, this group of ceramics, to which the present piece also belongs, show certain influences from Central Asia. It is believed that these motifs came to Northern China via the Silk Route. - Lit.: Valenstein, Cultural Convergence in the Northern Qi Period, A Flamboyant Chinese Ceramic Container, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2006. Siehe auch: Sullivan, The Arts of China, University of California 2008, S. 127-129. - Prov.: Rare Chinese Bronzes and Works of Art from an important private collection in France (Lot 700 - 721). The following group of bronzes, ceramics and jade objects are part of an old noble collection in Southern France. The collection has been assembled since the 19th cent. By an art-minded entrepreneur and has been in the estate of the family by descent ever since. The family kept manifold private and commercial relations to China and was able to build up an exquisite and important collection. A selection of these marvelous objects is now being offered and is available to the global art market for the very first time. The objects demonstrate the fascination for Chinese and Asian Art and the collecting passion of an intellectual gentleman and connoisseur.