Lot 1267. A pair of painted red pottery figures of court ladies, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013
Each standing figure has a full face modeled with delicate features below an elaborate helmet-like coiffure, and is shown with her head tilted to the side, and wearing a shawl tucked into the top of her long skirt while her hands are hidden within the long sleeves of her undergarment. Both have traces of orangy-red and black pigment and the long left sleeve of one figure is partially covered in an amber glaze.
Provenance: Priestly & Ferraro Chinese Art, London, April 1998.
Note: Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test numbers C198c57 and C198c58 are consistent with the dating of this lot.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 19 - 20 September 2013