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LOT 0254

Estimate
GBP (£) 4,500 - 5,500
EUR (€) 5,380 - 6,580
USD ($) 6,130 - 7,490

Opening Bid
£4,320 (EUR 5,164; USD 5,882) (+bp*)

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Chinese Tang Polo Player Pair

Tang Dynasty, 618-907 AD

A dynamic pair of ceramic polo player figures modelled in the round, riding galloping horses in vigorous poses, each a female in a robe with long sleeves and extensive remains of polychrome pigmentation, detailing to the harnesses and rider's garments; each with a custom-made display stand, and housed in a custom-made presentation box covered in decorative fabric. 6 kg total, 41cm wide each (10.9 kg total, 49 x 39 x 21cm each including box) (16 1/4" (19 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 8 1/4")). Finely modelled. [2]

Provenance
West Country collection, 1990s.
Both accompanied by positive thermoluminescence report nos.50CM180321 and 49CM180321 issued by Laboratory Kotalla.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11131-185003.

Literature
Cf. The British Museum, museum number 1938,0524.114, for broadly comparable figures.