A sancai-glazed pottery figureof a standing lady, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

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.

ProvenanceL. 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