An unglazed pottery horse, Tang dynasty

Lot 539An unglazed pottery horse, Tang dynasty (618-907); 26 1/2in (67.3cm) long, 23 3/4in (60.3cm) high. Estimate US$ 9,000 - US$ 12,000. Sold for US$ 10,837 (€ 8,918). Courtesy Bonhams.

Posed at momentary rest, the well-modeled head turned slightly left with an open mouth, the right front leg raised and remaining legs attached to a rectangular plinth, a separately molded docked tail attached at the back and the recessed notch along the top of its neck now filled with a composition trimmed mane.

Property from the Joan Irvine Smith Collection of Asian Art.

Exhibited and Published: Edward D. Fosmire. Heavenly Horses. 2000 Years of Chinese and Japanese Equine Art. The Joan Irvine Smith Asian Art Collection Santa Ana, The Bowers Museum exhibition, 2014, pp. 48-49, ill. p. 49.

Bonhams. Asian Decorative Works of Art, 15 Dec 2020, Los Angeles