15 juin 2019

A grey pottery figure of an earth spirit, Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534)

Lot 2. A grey pottery figure of an earth spirit, Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534); 28cm (11in) high. Sold for £ 3,125 (€ 3,507). © Bonhams The guardian beast modelled with body rearing up on its slender front legs, the grinning face staring forwards with mouth gaping open to show its fangs and lolling tongue, four arching crests running down the spine. Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 22 March 2000, lot 83A European private collection. Note: Compare a related mythical tomb guardian illustrated by... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2018

A painted grey pottery figure of a caparisoned horse, Northern Wei dynasty (AD 386-534)

Lot 1151. A painted grey pottery figure of a caparisoned horse, Northern Wei dynasty (AD 386-534); 8 ½ in. (21.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 16,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The horse is finely modeled with a graceful, arched neck and a small, tapered head crisply detailed with flared nostrils, open mouth, and pricked ears. The chest is spanned by a tassel-hung strap, and the rump is protected by leather strapwork armor hung with foliate tassels. The back is draped... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2018

A rare large grey pottery soldier, Northern Wei dynasty (AD 386-534)

Lot 1150. A rare large grey pottery soldier, Northern Wei dynasty (AD 386-534); 22 in. (55.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 22,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 Solidly and heavily constructed, the tall figure shown standing with his hands clasped at his chest, his arms concealed by his long winter cape with rolled fur collar, worn over a red-painted under-robe, his broad face modeled with alert expression, pointed nose, furrowed brow and partially open mouth above a short,... [Lire la suite]
16 septembre 2017

A grey pottery model of a pack horse, Northern Wei dynasty (AD 386-534)

Lot 1104. A grey pottery model of a pack horse, Northern Wei dynasty (AD 386-534), 7 in. (17.9 cm.) long. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000. Price realised USD 2,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The horse is well modeled standing foursquare on a rectangular base and gazing straight ahead with ears pointed in opposite directions, a bulging sack set over a saddle cloth with flared ends is draped over the back, and the rump and muzzle are applied with plain strap trappings. Provenance: The Aurelius... [Lire la suite]