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

Lot 854. A sancai glazed pottery figure of a camel, Tang dynasty (618-907); 15in (38.1cm) high. Estimate US$ 8,000 - 12,000 (€ 7,200 - 11,000). Courtesy Bonhams.

Finely modelled standing on a rectangular plinth, depicted with braying head, two humps and saddle, covered all over in a straw color glaze attractively accented with amber and camellia-leaf green. 

The dating of this lot is consistent with the results of an Oxford Authentication Thermoluminescence test, sample C202b32, dated 28 January 2003.

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

Lot 855. A sancai-glazed pottery model of a horse, Tang dynasty (618-907); 4 3/4in (37.5cm) high. Estimate US$ 15,000 - 20,000 (€ 14,000 - 18,000). Courtesy Bonhams.

Equipped in elaborate saddle and caparison, the stalwart equine standing four-square on a rectangular plinth holding its head slightly to his left, all surfaces but the base and hooves covered in a rich ocher liberally splashed in patches of green and cream glazes.

Provenance:  From an East Coast Private Collection
Acquired Thiel's Oriental Antiques and Works of Art, Los Angeles, 16 December 1978. 

The result of Daybreak Archaeometric Laboratory Services thermoluminescence test no. 389A267 dated 30 December 2000, is consistent with the dating of this lot.

A large sancai-glazed pottery guardian figure, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 856. A large sancai-glazed pottery guardian figureTang dynasty (618-907); 37 1/8in (94.5 cm) high. Estimate US$ 6,000 - 8,000 (€ 5,400 - 7,200). Courtesy Bonhams.

The imposing non-buddhist tomb heavenly king stands proudly on a recumbent ox, elegantly dressed in full armor, his leggings, breast plate and serpent-headed shoulder guards glazed in chestnut, cream and deep green, his left hand outstretched and right hand grasping a trident, his elaborate phoenix form helmet setting off his fierce, well modeled features.

The dating of this lot is consistent with the results of an Oxford Authentication Thermoluminescence test, sample C299h38, dated 28 November 1999. 

BonhamsFine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art.  New York, 9 September 2019