A rare and unusual sancai-glazed pottery equestrian, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)


Lot 1063. A rare and unusual sancai-glazed pottery equestrian, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 14 3⁄4 in. (37.5 cm.) highPrice realised USD 35,280 (Estimate USD 18,000 – USD 25,000). © Christie's 2022

Modeled as a courtier, the rider wears a headdress and green tunic and sits astride his steed with hands curled as if grasping reins. The horse stands foursquare on a rectangular base with head turned slightly to the left and is splash-glazed in green, amber, and straw tones.

Property From The Collection Of Mr. And Mrs McLendon.

ProvenanceT. T. Tsui (1941-2010), Jinguantang Collection, Hong Kong.
The Jingguantang Collection Part III; Christie’s New York, 18 September 1997, lot 132 (part).
Sotheby's New York, 19 September 2001, lot 111.

The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. C97c78 dated 11 July 1997 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 25 march 2022