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Fine & Rare Chinese Warring States Pottery Bird with Oxford TL Test

Fine & Rare Chinese Warring States Pottery Bird with Oxford TL Test


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1491179

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 GBP £3,500
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Fine & Rare Chinese Warring States Pottery Bird with Oxford TL Test

This very rare pottery model of a bird, either a duck or a goose, was made during the Warring States period (475 - 221 BC). It is "heavily-potted" and made from quite a high-fired grey pottery. The duck stands with its neck and wings stretched, as if in the act of preparing to fly. Note the detail, especially to the wings, with the tiger heads. The style and decoration suggest this model was based on a bronze example. On the surface in places are the marks left by ancient root/plant growths during its long burial.

This is a good size with a length of 29.5 cm and height 15 cm. Condition is exceptional with the only repair being to one of the legs that has been broken and re-stuck (all original material).

As with many of our finer and rarer items, several years ago we had this model 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 will accompany this item is shown with our images; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 1700 and 2600 years ago".  

For information: this was sold over twenty ago by Sotheby's, New York (we bought it in 2004 from a source who had obtained it from Sotheby's). It has their label although we have not been able to confirm the exact date of their sale. This is the first time we have offered it for sale.

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