Lot 717. A sancai-glazed pottery figure of a standing lady, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 12 in. (33 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 85,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014.
The elegant figure is shown wearing a long pleated skirt with vertical stripes of amber, green, and straw separated by incised lines, which falls to the upturned tips of her shoes. A long shawl is wrapped around her back and over her arms, and her hands are concealed within the long sleeves of her blouse. A bird is perched on one hand peering up at her serene face, framed by her hair which is drawn up and divided into two soft loops.
Provenance: L. Wannieck, Paris.
Sotheby's London, 11 December 1990, lot 189.
Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza