An unusual painted grey pottery mythical beast-form stand, Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220)

Lot 1304. An unusual painted grey pottery mythical beast-form stand, Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220); 16 in. (40.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

Crisply modeled as a crouching, winged mythical beast, with pricked ears, layered tail and a short mane extending to the rectangular socket in the back, painted in red and black with feather markings and other details on a cream ground, wood stand.

Provenance: Yin Chuan Tang Ltd., Hong Kong, 1998.
Greenwald Collection no. 75

Note: A similar figure excavated from an Eastern Han tomb at Xianyang, Shaanxi, is illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji; Diaosu bian 2; Qin Han Diaosu, Beijing, 1985, vol. 2, p. 48, pl. 129. See, also, the similar pair included in the exhibition, Visions of Man in Chinese Art, Kaikodo, 17 March - 19 April 1997, no. 32; and another sold in these rooms, 16 September 1999, lot 265.

The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. test no. C198b75 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011.