A sancai-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 720. A sancai-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 22 in. (55.9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 149,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014.

The horse is shown standing foursquare on a rectangular base with its head gently turned to the right and ears pricked forward. The saddle and halter are glazed in green and the body is covered with a rich amber glaze which runs down the legs, darkening to a deep brown. The mane and forelock are highlighted in a straw glaze, wood stand.

Provenance: Vallin Galleries, Connecticut, 1998.

The result of Oxford Authentication thermoluminescence test no. C97g85 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