Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Glazed & Painted Pottery Horse with Oxford TL Test
This large and impressive pottery model of a horse was made during the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 - 1644). It is "heavily-potted" and made from a pinkish-pale brown pottery that has been partially coated in turquoise and aubergine glazes. The unglazed parts of the surface have been "cold painted" in a base coat of white pigment on top of which details have been picked out in black pigment. Note the detail of the horse's fittings and tail. As with many known larger Ming pottery horses, the horse stands on top of an integral plinth.
Height 36.5 cm (14 inches). There is some loss of glaze and pigment in places. Some degree of restoration or repair should also, of course, reasonably be expected for such an item, although it is minimal in this example being apparently restricted just to the two back corners of the base. Overall a nice example in good presentable condition.
We have had this horse tested by Oxford Authentications, the ONLY testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that confirms the antiquity of this item is shown with our images.
For information: this is one of three Ming Dynasty pottery horses we recently acquired following the dispersal of a private collection. The others are being sold separately: see items stock numbers MA222 & MA280).
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