Lot 1066. Two rare sancai and blue-glazed pottery figures of equestrians, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); The larger 15 in. (38.2 cm.) long. Price realised USD 7,560 (Estimate USD 10,000 – USD 15,000). © Christie's 2022
The first equestrian is shown with hands held out as if to hold the reins and wearing a blue-glazed robe and a tall unglazed hat. The horse stands foursquare on a rectangular base and is covered with a cream glaze except for the mane which is highlighted with amber glaze. The second equestrian is shown with the proper right hand raised and the body twisted to the right, wearing an amber-glazed robe with blue cuffs and a tall unglazed hat, and seated on an amber-glazed saddle. The horse stands foursquare on a rectangular base and is covered with a cream glaze.
Property From The Collection Of Mr. And Mrs McLendon.
Provenance: E. & J. Frankel, New York, March 1999.
The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. C201b84 is consistent with the dating of the blue-robed equestrian.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 25 march 2022