Lot 79
  • 79

A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A LADY TANG DYNASTY

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 USD
Sold
112,500 USD
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Description

  • Clay
  • Height 14 1/2  in., 36.5 cm 
the slender, elegant figure standing with arms bent and hands held at the waist with index fingers pointed up, wearing a close-fitting tunic belted below the deep open collar framing a beaded necklace, with winged projections at each shoulder and ruffles on the upper arm of the long sleeves, with up-turned cloud-toe shoes projecting beneath the flaring skirt, the face delicately painted with finely drawn details, the hair arranged in two elaborate topknots, with extensive red, green and black pigment and traces of gilding 

Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 15th September 1999, lot 71. 

Catalogue Note

Compare a similar figure of this type, with a different hair arrangement, in the T.T. Tsui Collection, illustrated in Splendour of Ancient Chinese Art. Selections from the Collections of T.T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art Worldwide, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 17. Further examples in the Eumorfopoulos Collection are illustrated in R.L. Hobson, The George Eumorfopoulos Collection. Catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Persian Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1925, pl. XXVIII, nos 181-182. 

The dating of this lot is consistent with the result of a thermoluminescence test, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, no. 01703.

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