A painted grey pottery model of a bullock and cart, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th-early 6th century

Lot 1275. A painted grey pottery model of a bullock and cart, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th-early 6th century; Bullock 8 in. (20.3 cm.) long, cart 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.) longEstimate USD 7,000 - USD 10,000Price realised USD 16,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

The bullock, shown standing foursquare on a rectangular base, has a pronounced dewlap and a harness. The body is painted red as are the sides of the cart, which has an arched roof that extends over the seating area in front, an off-center opening in the back, and a pair of separate spoked wheels, stand.

Provenance: Peter Scheinman (1932-2017) Collection, New York, before 1992.

LiteratureF. Klapthor, Born of Earth and Fire: Chinese Ceramics from the Scheinman Collection, Baltimore, 1992, p. 55, no. 28.

ExhibitedThe Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Born of Earth and Fire: Chinese Ceramics from the Scheinman Collection, 9 September to 8 November 1992.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 - 14 September