Lot 5. A large brown and green-glazed pottery figure of a horse and a carriage, the pottery horse Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), the carriage and fittings probably later; 46 ½ in. (118 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000 (USD 74,700 - USD 99,600). Price realised GBP 52,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019
The horse is shown standing foursquare with head facing forward, its ears pricked, nostrils flared and teeth bared, covered overall with glazes of green and brown tones with details of hair picked out in black. The horse has a U-shaped fitting on its back carrying a separately-made carriage, elevated by two large wheels. The coachman sits in the open compartment of the carriage with both hands raised as if to hold the reins.
Provenance: By repute, Private American Collection, 1984.
Flores and Ivea Arts and Antiques, New York, 24 November 2000.
Private European Collection, acquired in 2004 from Flores and Ivea Arts and Antiques, New York.
Note: The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. PH 004/792 is consistent with the dating of the horse.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019