Lot 656. A sancai-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 19 3/4 in., 50.3 cm. Estimate 35,000 — 45,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
well modeled standing four square on a rectangular base, the head turned slightly leftward with crisply defined features, including large eyes, flared nostrils, and pricked ears, the body covered in deep amber glaze with the green harness and trappings accented with molded ornaments, the unglazed saddle draped with a pleated saddlecloth with traces of red pigment.
Provenance: C.T. Loo, New York, 1940s-50s.
Collection of Marjorie (1917-2014) and Percy (1906-1976) Selden, and thence by descent.