Lot 1. A large grey pottery figure of a pig, Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 AD); 58.5cm (23in) long. Sold for £ 5,000 (€ 5,612). © Bonhams
The earthenware animal charmingly modelled as a broad-snouted pig standing looking straight forwards with bulging eyes above the hooded ears flanking the bristling hair reaching down the spine, the rear haunches incised with an archaistic spiral on each side, the tail curling around to the left.
Provenance: Nicholas Pitcher, Oriental Art, London, March 2001
A European private collection.
The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no.C100q34 is consistent with the dating of this lot.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART. London, New Bond Street, 15 May 2014