Mingqi - Terre cuite - A Fine and Rare Painted Pottery Figure of a Princess, TL test - Chine - Dynastie Tang (618–907)

Mingqi - Terre cuite - A Fine and Rare Painted Pottery Figure of a Princess, TL test - Chine - Dynastie Tang (618–907)
Très bon état, voir la description - 40×0×0 cm

Fired in antiquity!!! Antique and Genuine item!!!

To the best of our knowledge, a similar piece was never shown/sold on Catawiki. The Princess is a masterpiece and very rare regarding her hairstyle (known as the luo ji), details, pigment and period (Early Tang dynasty). This is a once in a life time opportunity to buy such exceptional work of art.

This magnificent figure is coming from one of the world's most important private collection.
- Provenance: Former property from the collection of S.A.R. Joseph Clemens Prince of Bavaria (1902-1990)
Dutch private collection acquired from above in 1980s-1990s.

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Early Tang dynasty ca. 618-699 A,D.
Possibly excavated form the Gongxian kilns, Henan, China
Excellent condition, much of the original pigment remaining.
Height 40 cm. With custom made wooden stand.

Our Guarantee: The above item is guarantee to be of the time period and condition as described, has been exported legally and is legal to buy and sell under all international lows to cultural patrimony.

Outstanding pottery "mingqi" representing a Fine and Rare Painted Pottery Figure of a Princess
Red earthenware coated with white slip and remains of pink, red and black pigment.

A fine and rare standing aristocrat dressed in elaborate costume with high shoulder-pieces projecting from a stiffened collar, tied around the slender waist with a wide belt, above the stream red front apron and flared layered skirt, with sleeves ending in long and wide cuffs, falling down to the curled shoes, adorned with a beaded necklace and bangles. Her hairstyle known as the luo ji (spiralling shell) is perfectly executed.

Auction result comparison: For a closely related Court lady, sharing the near identical facial features see, Christie’s or Sotheby’s Hong Kong, September 13th 2017, lot 79 sold for € 12 913, - Please see picture # 33.

Compare a figure of a lady from the Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bernat Collection, included in the exhibition Early Chinese Ceramics, Currier Gallery of Art, Boston, 1959, cat.no. 76, sold by Sotheby’s, 7th November 1980, lot 43; and two other related figures with similar hairstyle and costume, in the Eumorfopoulos Collection included in R.L. Hobson, The George Eumorfopoulos Collection Catalogue, vol.1, London, 1925, pl. XXVIII, nos. 181 and 182. In this entry Hobson discusses the tips of the shoes, mentioning that shoes of this shape were fashionable with Tang ladies and were made in obvious likeness to the lotus bud half open.
See another closely related figure illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 9, Tokyo, 1956, pl. 109; a pair in the Seattle Art Museum published in Mario Prodan, The Art of the T'ang Potter, London, 1960, pl. 38; and one from the collection of William L. Parker sold by Sotheby’s, 11th May 1978, lot 119.

A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (specialist in Chinese pottery since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

- All items legal to buy/sell under The Netherlands covering cultural patrimony, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

- The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item, Tang dynasty. Sampling in 2 different points

Important information.
The seller guarantees that he is entitled to ship this lot.
It will be professionally packed and safely send in a wooden crate by FedEx.
Buyers are responsible for import regulation and restrictions of their own country

About us

Becker Antiques is one of the most leading reputable antique dealers in the Netherlands. Becker Antiques is a name and place that speaks of excellent antiques and art, incompatible service and worldwide expertise. Founded in 1969 by Jan Simon Becker, Becker Antiques is based in Museum quarter, Amsterdam Oud-Zoud, in a magnificent five-floor townhouse build 1891, at a few minutes from “Rijksmuseum” (National Museum of Art), the Van Gogh Museum and the famous “Royal Concertgebouw”.
Becker Antiques main field covers ceramics – pottery funerary figures (dated from the Han through the Ming dynasties), Buddhist sculptures and other Chinese works of art. Our other sections are Asian works of art – concerns objects from Japan and South East Asian countries including bronze, stone and wooden sculptures, Chinese furniture from the Qing Dynasty and of course occasional other items.
For the last 50 years we have been selling antiques to museums, private collectors and dealers all over the world.

The seller of this lot hereby guarantees that this object was obtained legally. The seller guarantees that he is entitled to ship this object(s). The seller will take care that any necessary permits will be arranged. The seller will inform the buyer about this if this takes more than a few days.

Catawiki disclaimer: This piece has been dated based on a TL test. No further tests, such as, an analysis of pigments or radiography scans have been conducted to check the integrity of the piece.

Informations du lot
Peint à la main
Terre cuite
Dynastie Tang (618–907)
Région/ Pays d’origine
Titre de l’œuvre d’art
A Fine and Rare Painted Pottery Figure of a Princess, TL test
Très bon état, voir la description
40×0×0 cm
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