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

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 PublishedEdward 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