Lot 3. A sancai-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 20 1/8. in. (51.4 cm.) high. Estimate 10,000 - GBP 20,000. Price realised GBP 10,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2017
The horse is powerfully modelled standing foursquare on a short rectangular plinth, with head turned slightly to the left. The body is covered in a rich amber glaze, the unglazed saddle is set on top of a similarly unglazed blanket, and the straps are moulded with foliate appliqués highlighted in green..
Provenance: Christie's London, 12 May 1975, lot 65.
Note: The dating of the current lot is consistent with the results of Oxford Authentication Thermoluminescence test no C117e80.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 7 November 2017