A painted pottery figure of a prancing horse, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 719. A painted pottery figure of a prancing horse, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 17½ in. (44.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 40,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014.

The spirited horse is shown with left foreleg raised, mane swept to one side, mouth open and ears laid back. The saddle is covered with a cloth draped over the saddle and gathered on the sides above the mud guard, and there are traces of red and dark black pigments. 

Provenance: Collection of Madame Veuve Brocq, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 4 November 1969, lot 8 (illustrated on the cover of the catalogue).

Oxford Authentication thermoluminescence test no. C114g32 is consistent with the dating of this lot. 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza