Lot16. A straw-glazed and cold-painted figure of an equestrienne, Tang dynasty (618-906). Height 14 in., 35.5. cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 125,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
the well-modeled rider sitting upright with the left hand poised as if to tug on the reins, wearing a long gown, cropped jacket and a balaclava draped over the head, the facial features, sensitively rendered, convey a determined and focused demeanor, the horse standing foursquare on a plinth, its head slightly lowered in a compliant gesture, mouth open, covered overall with a pale yellow glaze and further ornamented with colorful pigments defining the rider's head, face and robes, the saddle cloth, mane, reins and eyes, ears, nose and mouth of the horse, wood stand, with fitted box (3).
Provenance: Mayuyama & Co., Ltd, Tokyo, acquired between 1960-1969.
Literature: Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Volume One, Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, 1976, p.71, no. 188.
Sekai touji zenshu, vol. 9, Tokyo, 1961, pl. 105.
Note: A very similar figure is illustrated in James C.Y. Watt, China, Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 AD, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2004, no. 183.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013