A straw and amber-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1432. A straw and amber-glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (618-907); 20½ in (52 cm.) high. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 32,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The horse is shown standing foursquare on a rectangular base with head tilted slightly to the left and ears pricked. The body is covered with a yellowish-green straw glaze and the trappings are in amber glaze that drains down onto the legs. The unglazed saddle cloth is painted orangy red and the blanket is painted to represent tiger skin.

ProvenanceThe Aurelius Parenti Collection of Chinese Ceramic Sculpture; Christie's New York, 3 June 1988, lot 210.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of ArtNew York21 - 22 March 2013.