Two glazed pottery objects (3)

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Lot 450
Two glazed pottery objects

US$ 800 - 1,200
£ 650 - 970

Asian Decorative Art

18 Dec 2019, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

Two glazed pottery objects
First a straw-glazed pale pottery soldier, Sui Dynasty wearing soldiers robes and chest armor with one arm raised to his belly to hold a sword or banner; the second a green-glazed 'Hunting-subject' hill jar and cover, Han Dynasty, molded around the cylindrical body with figures hunting and mythical animals in a hilly landscape, all supported on three bear-form feet, the cover modeled as a mystical hill with further animals and hunters with bows and arrows, some damage.

14 1/2in (36.8cm) high (soldier)
10 1//4in high (26cm) (the jar)
(3).

Footnotes

  • Provenance of the soldier:
    Sotheby's New York,3 December 1986, lot 109;
    Property from The Estate of Ralph and Irene Beacon

    A similar figure in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is illustrated by Mahler, The Westerners among the Figurines of the Tang Dynasty, pl.XXXVII, where it is distinguished as being of Altaic-Tocharian type; and by Fontain and Wu, Unearthing China's Past, no. 84, together with another figure of the
    same model excavated from a tomb at Dasikong Cun which appears to date from the early years of the Tang Dynasty.

    Ralph Beacon was an investment banker in Chicago. He began his collection in the 1940's and 50's amassing over 300 objects which are now housed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. He was a close friend of Avery Brundage.
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