2. A blue-glazed pottery figure of an attendant

唐 藍彩男侍陶俑

 
The figure is finely modelled standing with his body bent forwards at the waist, on a concave-fronted square base. He wears a long round-collared tunic, with the left side characteristically lapped over the right and belted at the waist. His arms are held up to his chest with his hands hidden within the fur-cuffed long sleeves. On his feet he wears pointed slippers. A fine cobalt-blue glaze covers the robe, the slippers and part of the base. His face, with crisply marked features, is unglazed, beneath the hair drawn up into a double topknot tied with a putou headcloth. The ware is fine-grained and of almost white colour.

Provenance:
Bluett and Sons Ltd., London
Carter Fine Art Ltd, London, 24th May 1993
Jean-Yves Ollivier Collection
Bonhams London, “The Ollivier Collection of Early Chinese Art”, 8th November 2018, lot 11

Exhibited:
Bluett and Sons Ltd., exhibition catalogue, London 1991, no. 11.

Published:
Nigel Wood, Chinese Glazes: Their Origin, Chemistry and Recreation (London, 1999), p.237.

It is rare to find Tang dynasty pottery figures glazed wholly in blue, as here. The cobalt-blue glaze was the most prized of the lead-fluxed glazes used by the Tang potters and appears to have been reserved for tomb figures of the highest status. For two figures of attendants glazed almost exclusively in blue, from the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, see Tetsuo Tomita, Heibonsha’s “Chinese Ceramics” Series in Twelve Volumes, Vol. 2 Tomb-Figures, no. 78.

Dimensions: Height: 33cm, 13 inches

Date: Tang dynasty (618-906), 8th century

Price: On Request