Lot 541. A straw and chestnut glazed pottery figure of a horse, Tang dynasty (618-907); 19in (48.3cm) long, 18in (45.7cm) high. Estimate US$ 9,000 - US$ 12,000. Sold for US$ 7,650 (€ 6,295). Courtesy Bonhams.
Posed at rest with its four legs attached to a rectangular plinth and its head with an opened jaw turned slightly to the left, the notch on its neck filled with a replacement trimmed mane and a replacement docked tail attached to a hole at the back, the pale straw colored glaze applied to the horse's coat and chestnut glaze to the saddle blanket beneath the unglazed surface of the cloth-covered saddle.
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. 12-13, ill. p. 13.
Bonhams. Asian Decorative Works of Art, 15 Dec 2020, Los Angeles