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Large Chinese Cloisonné T'ang Horses

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Large Chinese Cloisonné T'ang Horses, c. 1750
Enamel on Bronze
31 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. x 35 1/4 in. (80.01 cm x 24.13 cm x 89.54 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 91.8.2.a, b


Commentary
From the Ch'ien-lung era, 1736-1796. The horses are an earlier piece in the Dorothy Adler Routh Collection, and are in subdued colors with stony texture and majestic quality.
Tomoo Ogita, "Antique Chinese Cloisonné of the Ming and Early Ching Dynasties, from the Dorothy Adler Routh Collection," 1973.

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Multicolored enamel on bronze, with wooden bases.

Object Description
Pair of large mirror image Chinese cloisonné horses, in T'ang Dynasty style. The horses are richly decorated in multicolored enamels on a brown background field. The texture of the enamel is matte and not highly polished. The tails of the horses are short, in T'ang style bindings, and the T'ang type saddles are removable. The horses are accompanied by wooden bases.

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