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Large Tang Dynasty Crouching Bactrian Camel

Large Tang Dynasty Crouching Bactrian Camel. Modelled with its forelegs folded beneath it and hindlegs extended as if in the process of sitting or standing. Wearing a saddle suspending pounces and objects, its head turned to the left and together with its humps covered in hair, with its mouth open, supported on a rectangular base, original red, black, white and orange pigment.

Tang Dynasty, ca. 7th century.

High 29 cm., wide 34 cm.

  • The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item. 

– Pottery

Chinese ceramics saw many significant developments, including the first Chinese porcelain meeting both Western and Chinese definitions of porcelain, in Ding ware and related types. The earthenware Tang dynasty tomb figures are better known in the West today, but were only made to place in elite tombs close to the capital in the north, between about 680 and 760. They were perhaps the last significant fine earthenware’s to be produced in China, many lead-glazed sancai (three-color) wares, which was also used for vessels for burial, and perhaps for use; the glaze was less toxic than in the Han, but perhaps still to be avoided for use at the dining table. Others are unpainted or were painted over a slip; the paint has now often fallen off.

In the south the wares from the Changsha Tongguan Kiln Site in Tongguan are significant as the first regular use of underglaze painting; examples have been found in many places in the Islamic world. However, the production tailed off and underglaze painting remained a minor technique for several centuries.

Yue ware was the leading high-fired, lime-glazed celadon of the period, and was of very sophisticated design, patronized by the court. This was also the case with the northern porcelains of kilns in the provinces of Henan and Hebei, which for the first time met the Western as well as the Eastern definition of porcelain, being a pure white and translucent.

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Tibeto Chinese Bronze Figure Begtse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/tibeto-chinese-bronze-figure-begtse/ Sat, 06 Oct 2018 12:32:27 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8326 The post Tibeto Chinese Bronze Figure Begtse appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Tibeto Chinese Bronze Figure Begtse

Tibeto Chinese Bronze Figure Begtse. Begtse is portrayed standing in alidhasana with a horse and vanquished human underfoot, the left hand holding a human heart towards the growling mouth, the right holding a flaming sword with its handle carved in the shape of a horse’s head, clad in armor with a string of human heads worn as a tiara, the fearsome countenance with three protruding eyes, beneath flaming hair. The lotus base unsealed.
Cast bronze with finely incised and chiseled detail work. Fine patina

Tibet / China, 18th – 19th century

One of the eight wrathful protectors of Buddhist doctrine, Begtse is an important guardian of the Geluk order.

Shape: Sculptural
Weight: 105,5 grams
Dimensions: 7,5 cm height
Condition: Good condition with wear, traces of use and some minor dents, unsealed
Provenance: Property from a Dutch private collection acquired pre-1990

Auction result comparison: ASIAN ART. Sotheby’s, 19 MARCH 2016, NEW YORK, lot 1351. (for a gilt bronze with the same subject, but larger)

清代銅大紅司命主立像
銅鑄,雕工細膩,包漿良好
西藏/中國,18至19世紀
品相良好,些許磕碰,底部未封
荷蘭私人收藏,於1990前取得


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Extremly Rare Lobala Ngiri Mabo Shield https://beckerantiques.com/blog/extremly-rare-lobala-ngiri-mabo-shield/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:10:22 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8304 The post Extremly Rare Lobala Ngiri Mabo Shield appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Extremly Rare Lobala Ngiri Mabo Shield

Extremly Rare Lobala Ngiri Mabo Shield. According to Benitez-Jahannot (ibid.), “Writing for the Musée Royale de l’Afrique Centrale in Tervuren, Herman Burssens notes that societies in the Ubangi region considered the manufacture of shields as a weaver’s most important task. Only men were allowed this occupation, except among the Ngiri and Poto, where women performed the basketry work on shields.”

Ngbaka, Ngbundu,  Ngombe, Ngiri, Mabo, Nzombo, Manza Shield

Ubangi Region

Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

Basketry, wood
height 155 cm.

Cf. Benitez-Johannot, Purissima and Jean Paul Barbier, Shields: Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Prestel, 2000, fig. 12 (BMG 1026-310) for a similar shield formerly in the Josef Mueller Collection.


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An Important and Very Rare Group Shitenno https://beckerantiques.com/blog/an-important-and-very-rare-group-shitenno/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:11:31 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8286 The post An Important and Very Rare Group Shitenno appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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An Important and Very Rare Group Shitenno

An Important and Very Rare Group Shitenno. Including Tamon Ten (Vaishravana) holding the spear and stupa, Jikoku Ten (Dhrtarashtra) with his left hand resting on his hip and brandishing the sword with his right hand, Zojo Ten (Virudhaka) holding spear in his left while his right is firmly placed on his hip and Komoku Ten (Virupaksha) with sword and scroll, all standing with their feet slightly apart in a menacing posture on a separate sculpted demon (jaki), each wearing an armour secured with a double belt, one girdle set with a large belt-hook, three in the shape of a lion head, tunic with floating wide sleeves, boots, their faces displaying ferocious and menacing expressions with protruding eyes set below raised bushy eyebrows, broad noses, two with open mouths, two with the mouth firmly closed, their hair is combed in a chignon, one covered with a helmet and each secured with a metal tiara and all surfaces are lavishly inscribed with black painted characters, probably names of donors and traces of polychrome colors .

– Formerly property from a Dutch private collection, acquired in the 1980s

Early Edo period, ca. 1655 A.D.

The result of C14  test nomber 2897-1238-17 is consisted with dating of this items.


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Mongolia Gilt Bronze Figure Avalokitesvara https://beckerantiques.com/blog/mongolia-gilt-bronze-figure-avalokitesvara/ Sat, 21 Jul 2018 15:19:46 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8242 The post Mongolia Gilt Bronze Figure Avalokitesvara appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Mongolia Gilt Bronze Figure Avalokitesvara

Mongolia Gilt Bronze Figure Avalokitesvara. The radiant figure of Shadakshari Lokeshvara depicts him with an enduring gaze and confident smile. He is the embodiment of the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra, whose six syllables are the seeds of the six realms in the great cosmic wheel. Their lord, he assists all beings on the path to enlightenment.
Mongolia Gilt Bronze Figure Avalokitesvara Shadakshari

Mongolia, 18th century.

High 18 cm.
The impressive sculpture bears the hallmarks of the Zanabazar school, including the lithe and youthful treatment of the body, the broad and powerful shoulders, the staggered, flattened lotus petals, and the exceptional gilding. Compare with a closely related example in Tsultem, Zanabazar, Ulan Bator, 1982, p.100, no.83; another in the Ayurzana Collection, published in Narantuya, Treasures of Mongolian Art, Ulaanbaatar, 2005, p.48; and a third, with similar beaded treatment of the jewelry, published in Xia (ed.), Pu Ti Miao Xiang Shenyang, 2001, p.159, no.152.


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Green Hetian Jade Dragon Seal https://beckerantiques.com/blog/green-hetian-jade-dragon-seal/ Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:26:41 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8228 The post Green Hetian Jade Dragon Seal appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Green Hetian Jade Dragon Seal

Green Hetian Jade Dragon Seal. Square shape, the dragon-shaped button, all four sides with gold calligraphy and characters of xiaozhuan and in Manchu, the stamp on one side with four-character mark in the Emperor Qianlong, the face bearing Chinese characters in writing zhuanshu stylized zhi yu liu zhi bao (under the control of the army). The top of the box is decorated with an archaic dragon.

Chinese Qing Dynasty Deep Green Hetian Jade Dragon Seal w Zitan Wood Box

Dimension: 100 x 100 x 106(mm), 3.94 x 3.94 x 4.17(inches)

Weight 5.56 lbs/2520 g. Zitan wood box

Compare almost the same jade seal, Christie’s Paris, 14 December 2011, lot number 242 sold for € 10000,- With premium total € 12 500,- Without box. Copy of the catalogue see photo 11.

 


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Exceptional Buff Prancing Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/exceptional-buff-prancing-horse/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:42:23 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8174 The post Exceptional Buff Prancing Horse appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Exceptional Buff Prancing Horse

Exceptional Buff Prancing Horse. This is an exceptional prancing horse, unusual in the complementary fashion the position of the horse head and ears. The horse is standing on a rectangular plinth, and in the same time neighing (extremely rare). Every line of the horse emphasises its dramatic neigh- the neck stretched high and forward. The small, lean-featured head, the thick neck and the belly are typical Tang renderings of an Arabian. Also worthy of note is that the widely separated ears, both twisting backward (only few Tang horses were made like this and could be found in the present market), reveal its spirit.

The exceptional buff prancing horse well modelled standing on a rectangular plinth, with powerful arched neck, gaping mouth, with a knotted saddle cloth and tasselled harness, extensive remains of pigment.

Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Long 44 cm., high 36 cm.

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.


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Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus https://beckerantiques.com/blog/gilt-bronze-figure-of-amitayus/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:22:26 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8151 The post Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus

Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus. The Buddhist figure wearing a five-peaked crown enclosing a high chignon above the contemplative face, the neck with semi-circular necklace and the hands resting gently above the legs crossed in the lotus position, the figure seated upon a tiered pedestal and framed by a separately cast flaming mandorla.

China, Qianlong period (1736-1795), two pieces
High 20 cm.
Weight 895 g.

Provenance: Cserno – Antiek, Spiegelgracht 27/28- Amsterdam
Old private Dutch collection, bought in 1980’s from Cserno – Antiek, Spiegelgracht 27/28- Amsterdam 

 


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Rare Large Crouching Bactrian Camel https://beckerantiques.com/blog/rare-large-crouching-bactrian-camel/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:25:35 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8130 The post Rare Large Crouching Bactrian Camel appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Rare Large Crouching Bactrian Camel

Early Tang Dynasty (618-907) | Original pigment!!! 
Long 55 cm., high 53 cm. 3 pieces 
Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item. 

The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item. 
– The result of the CT scan -X-ray test # KP 179-2/01 , is consistent with the dating of the item. 

Provenance: Very important and old private German collection, Mr. W. R., Wiesbaden collected before 1995. 

Rare Large Crouching Bactrian Camel. Powerfully modelled animal with its forelegs folded beneath it and hindlegs extended as if in the process of sitting or standing, with the furry neck turned to the left and mouth open as it braying, with a foreign rider seated between the two humps, the rider with exaggerated features wearing a long chestnut jacket and trousers, the saddle had been made in two separate pieces. Original colours. 

It is very rare to find such a large pottery crouching camel and rider in this particularly attractive and complete condition. Compare a closely related figure of a camel and rider, of equally large size, included in the exhibition Chinesische Kunst, Preussiche Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, 1929, cat. no. 330. 


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Extremely Rare Painted Gary Pottery Bactrian Camel https://beckerantiques.com/blog/extremely-rare-painted-gary-pottery-bactrian-camel/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:18:22 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8107 The post Extremely Rare Painted Gary Pottery Bactrian Camel appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Extremely Rare Painted Gary Pottery Bactrian Camel

Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 A.D.) 
Long 26 cm, high 32 cm. 

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item. Test results will be provided to the winning bidder. 

Provenance: 
Very important and old German private collection, Mr. W. R., collected before 1995. 

Extremely Rare Painted Gary Pottery Bactrian Camel. The camel well modelled in a standing position . With head raised in a bray and kinked tail swished to one side. The tufts of hair on his head. Neck and body simply indicated with combed incising and stippling. Two large bags slung over the large saddle cloth fitted over the two humps. Traces of pigment and earth encrustation. 

A number of related examples of large camels in process of rising exist. See Wenwu, 1992:9, p. 67, fig. 6 for a slightly larger example excavated from Xi’an in 1988. Compare also the two camels and riders in Indianapolis Museum of Art illustrated by Mino and Robinson, Beauty and Tranquillity: The Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Indianapolis, 1983, pl. 59 and 60. And the pair in Klapthor, Chinese Ceramics from the Collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 1993, no. 7. 

 


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Large Gray Stone Seated Lion https://beckerantiques.com/blog/large-gray-stone-seated-lion/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:21:36 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8092 The post Large Gray Stone Seated Lion appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Large Gray Stone Seated Lion

17th-18th century, China

Height 37 cm.
Provenace: 
– S. Cserno – Antiek, Amsterdam 
– Private collection, The Netherlands 
Large Gray Stone Seated Lion. The muscular Lion powerfully modelled seated on its haunches on a large rectangular base, his forelegs outstretched and long tail curled up over its back. The head nicely carved with fierce expression, with open mouth in roar position below very detailed eyes, all framed by swept-back mane, tufts of fur carved to the shoulders and chest. Two small pieces of the right side of the mane are missing, and one from the left side . See photos. Very good condition. The stone of gray colour with nice aged patina. 


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Large Painted Grey Pottery Caparisoned Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/large-painted-grey-pottery-caparisoned-horse/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:19:27 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=8035 The post Large Painted Grey Pottery Caparisoned Horse appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Large Painted Grey Pottery Caparisoned Horse

Northern Qi dynasty (550-577)

Original pigmets, very important (white, orange, red and black )!

– The result of the thermoluminescence test number 05110705 form R. Kotalla Laboratory, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Provenance: Very important and old German private collection, Mr. W. R., collected before 1995.

Large Painted Grey Pottery Caparisoned Horse, Finely modelled with head slightly tilted to the left accentuating the arched muscular neck and spirited, alert attitude of the horse. Richly arrayed in finely detailed trappings including a wrapped plume between the pricked, notched ears, a narrow fringe-hung strap at the top of the neck, a chest collar hung with tufts and a crouper hung with pendants below a grid-pattern fitting of bosses molded with florets on the rump, the saddle covered with a long knotted cloth draped over flared mud guards, with traces of white, orange, red and black pigment.

This pottery horse is similar stylistically to an example unearthed in Cixian, Hebei province in 1979 from the tomb of a Eastern Wei princes of the Ruru nationality, see Wenwu 1984, pl, 5. fig. 2 and p.6, fig. 7, no. 3, for a line drawing of the horse.


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Female Polo Player https://beckerantiques.com/blog/female-polo-player/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:06:35 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7952 The post Female Polo Player appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Female Polo Player

Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse

Tang Dynasty, China
35 cm. long, plastic stand

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The results of thermoluminescence tests are consistent with the dating of this object.

The spirited horse covered in a red slip and modelled in full gallop with all four legs extended and in the air. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups, her body twisted to the left at the waist and dressed in a long green, white and red tight-fitting tunic above black boots. The arms positioned to strike, the softly modelled face detailed in red and black pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up in a knot.

This figure is closely related to the well-known group of four female polo players in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, referred to in the Handbook of the Collections, Kansas City, 1959, p. 208; cf. also M. Medley, Tang Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 41, pl. 51; compare further the polo player exhibited ant the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1953-6, Catalogue. pl. 2432, p. 223.


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Mounted Hunter with Lynx https://beckerantiques.com/blog/mounted-hunter-with-lynx/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:55:21 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7930 The post Mounted Hunter with Lynx appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Mounted Hunter with Lynx

Early Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Earthenware with pigments 
Height 34 cm., 
Excavated from the tomb in Qianxian, Shaanxi province. 

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The results of thermoluminescence tests are consistent with the dating of this object.

Provenance: Very important and old private German collection, collected before 1995.

The horse shown striding, the head well modelled with flared nostrils, open mouth as if the horse is neighing and expressive eyes below the picked years, with hogged mane and head turned to the left, the separate saddle cloth with incised border. The rider seated firmly in his saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups. His face very detailed, much of the original pigment remaining.

Imitating practices from the West, Tang hunters of small mammals and fowl trained lynxes and cheetahs to sit along side them on the horse. Often the animals had their own seat. Lynxes are often shown with upright ears with tufts of black fur. The animal seen here has the upright ears of the lynx.

The action here has been interpreted as the lynx returning to its master¹. But the hunter twists his body around in anger, his right hand raised as if to strike the snarling feline. The lack of a site attached to the saddle also throws into question whether the animal belong to his hunter at all. According to Muhammad Ibn Mangli, act. 1352-76, an Arab trainer, a lynx that has not caught its prey can sometimes turn on its master. Such so-called lynxes would then be given new trainers².

¹ Zhang Guangda 2001: 178.
² Ibn Mangli 1984 is quoted extensively in Zhang Guangda 2001: 190.


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Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer https://beckerantiques.com/blog/extremely-rare-pottery-kneeling-entertainer/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:41:09 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7887 The post Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer

Han Dynasty, Shaanxi province, China

Measures: High 31 cm.

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Extremely Rare Pottery Kneeling Entertainer. The kneeling figure wearing a robe tied at the hips with a red sash hugging the slender body. The loose sleeves revealing a thick white undergarment exposed from the elbow to the wrist, arranged in folds around the neck and visible at the hem gathered to either side of her crossed feet. Her hands held up before her as if holding an object. She is contemplating, her serene face delicately modelled with a serene expression. Extensive traces of pigment remaining.

The fine features and recessed eyes on the face of this figure suggest that it may have been modelled by hand, giving it an almost lifelike presence, unlike the more common type of Han Dynasty ladies which are formed in moulds.

Compare the painted pottery kneeling entertainer in the Han Yangling Museum catalogue, p. 99, fig. 158. and another comparable example, Christie’s London, December 1996, lot 65.


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Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi https://beckerantiques.com/blog/large-black-lacquered-bronze-figure-guandi/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:06:41 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7879 The post Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi

Large Black Lacquered Bronze Figure Guandi. Seated firmly in European fashion on a throne with his booted feet apart, both hands posted on his upper legs, wearing various garments including armour, single-sleeved mantle, his right shoulder decorated with a lion epaulet, his face with ferocious expression, beard and whiskers.

A large black lacquered bronze figure of Guandi

Ming dynasty, China

Measure: Height 38 cm.

Wooden stand.


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Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-red-pottery-saddled-horse/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:29 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7867 The post Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse

Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.)

High 30 cm.
With the original colours.

Excellent condition. An intact (not broken or repaired).

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Painted Red Pottery Saddled Horse. Finely modelled standing foursquare with head turned to the left, the mouth very detailed and ears picked, with hogged mane and docked tail, the saddle covered with a knotted cloth set atop a blanket painted with scrolling foliage.

A similar horse is illustrated in Jacques Barrere, Art d’Extreme Orient, Paris, 1991, pp. 50-51,

 

Please be advised that the figure is genuine – real and original. It has been not compose and made from two or three different horses in one. The polychrome is also original. A perfect piece. The item is describe as it is or your money back.


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Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure https://beckerantiques.com/blog/painted-gray-pottery-equestrian-figure/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:36:13 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7852 The post Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure

Eastern Wei Dynasty (534-550 A.D.), Shaanxi province, China
With the original colours.
Long 24 cm. High 31 cm.

Excellent condition. An intact (not broken or repaired). Eastern Wei objects are very rare!

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

Painted Gray Pottery Equestrian Figure. The caparisoned horse standing foursquare on a rectangular base with its head tiled forward, the rider seated with both hands raised in a position to hold some object, wearing a high headdress with earmuffs and full-sleeved tunic gathered over loose pantaloons, traces of white and burgundy-red pigment.

Provenance: Kunst en Antiekhandel J S Becker sinds 1969.

A similar equestrian figure was excavated from Eastern Wei tomb dated 547 A.D. in Dongchen (Hebei province) and illustrated in Kaoga, 1977, no. 6, p. 394, fig. 4 (3)

The unusual high headdress with ears muffs is said to have been made of silk gauze and is discussed and illustrated by Scholss, Ancient Chinese Ceramics Sculpture, vol. I, p. 155, fig. 74 where he describes it as being made for both the male and female aristocracy.


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Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony https://beckerantiques.com/blog/female-polo-player-astride-galloping-pony/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:57:26 +0000 https://beckerantiques.com/?p=7834 The post Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony appeared first on Becker Antiques | Amsterdam.

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Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony

A Rare Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride A Galloping Pony

Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shaanxi province, China

Long 35 cm. Plastic stand

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item. Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Female Polo Player Astride Galloping Pony, the spirited horse naturalistically and dramatically modelled as in full gallop with all four legs extended and hoofs of the ground. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups. Her body twisted at the waist and dressed in long tight-fitting costume. With her right arm raised to strike, her softly modelled face detailed in black and red pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up into a double topknot, much of the original pigment remaining.

This figure is closely related to the well-known group of four female polo players in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, referred to in the Handbook of the Collections, Kansas City, 1959, p. 208; cf. also M. Medley, Tang Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 41, pl. 51; compare further the polo player exhibited ant the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1953-6, Catalogue. pl. 2432, p. 223.


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Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse

China. Tang Dynasty. Very Good

Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shaanxi province, China
With the original colours, very important. Gilt polychrome exceptional and very rare.
Long 30 cm. Plastic stand

Note: A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Painted Red Pottery Female Polo Player Astride a Galloping Horse. The spirited horse covered in a red slip and modelled in full gallop with all four legs extended and in the air. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups, her body twisted to the left at the waist and dressed in a long black and green tight-fitting tunic above black boots. The arms positioned to strike, the softly modelled face detailed in red and black pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up in a knot.

Provenance:
Dutch private collection J. S. Amsterdam.
Acquired in 2011 from Kunst en Antiekhandel J S Becker sinds 1969.

 


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Tang Dynasty Horse

Early Tang Dynasty, 7th-8th century.
High 43 cm., wide 44 cm
Grey pottery.

With the original colours.
Very good condition, see photos

A Painted Grey Pottery Figure of Striding Horse with Separate Saddle, Tang Dynasty, Tl Test, H 43 cm.

Tang Dynasty Horse, the figure shown striding, the head well modelled with flare nostrils and expressive eyes below the picked ears. The horse with hogged mane and head turned to the left, the separate saddle cloth with incised border, the figure is covered with a white pigment which is now under the tomb ground.

Note: The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.
A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (antique dealers since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Provenance: Dutch private collection Geert A. W. Amsterdam. Director Ligne & Partners B.V. Architecten.


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