Chinese sancai, three-colour glazed pottery standing figure of a court lady wearing long flowing robes, her hands hidden beneath a loose stole covering her shoulders and draped at the front, the green, straw and chestnut glazes well-defined, the unglazed head and face with details heightened in black, pink and white original pigment, her hair tied in three buns at the back and knotted up in a chignon, also heightened with black and white pigment.

10 1⁄2 inches, 26.7 cm high.

Tang Dynasty, early 8th century.


Tiny seam filled on left side of neck (from natural original flaw).

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a private French collection.
  • Sold by Jacques Barrère, Paris, 8th January 1991.
  • A similar figure was included by Mayuyama & Co., Ltd. in their Autumn Exhibition, 2013 at the Tokyo Bijutsu Club, no. 19; another is included by Seizo Hayashiya in Old Fine Chinese Works of Art, Part I, no. 13; another is included by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One, no. 183, p. 113, where the author notes that related glazed figures from Tang tombs were found in Linru County in Henan Province and also near Xi’an in Shaanxi Province; a further similar figure is included by Nuno de Castro in Chinese Ceramics and Porcelain from Neolithic to Yuan, no. 90.