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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 154

    A VERY RARE PAIR OF BISCUIT-GLAZED HORSES

    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A VERY RARE PAIR OF BISCUIT-GLAZED HORSES
    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The spotted mare and stallion modeled standing at attention in opposing positions, one foreleg raised, their manes and tails picked out in shades of dark brown, each with a wooden base
    10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm.) high, the stallion (2)


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    In Mandarin and Menagerie (Surrey, 2008) co-authors M. Cohen and W. Motley note that the horse was "...introduced to northeast China about five thousand years ago (and) an essential ingredient in the power and control of such a huge empire..." (p. 188.) The horse remained an integral part of Qing China; yet another animal as familiar to the Chinese as to 18th century Europeans. Other export horses, notably stiffer in their modeling, have been sold Sotheby's, New York, 18 January 2002, lot 113 (a dappled pair); Christie's, New York, 25-26 January 2002, lots 104 and 105 (a single), and the Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection, Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 390 (a single).