A 2000-year-old Chinese earthenware model of a horse from the tomb of a wealthy Chinese ruler will be a major attraction when it goes on sale at the Tatton Park Antiques, Decorative and Art Fair from January 8-10.
Dating from between 206BC-220AD, the horse originates from the Chinese Han Dynasty and is a large example of its type at 62cm high. It belongs to dealer Paul Burnett from Bristol who sells antiquities amongst his stock of decorative interior pieces.
Paul said: “This horse is an exceptional find because of its good condition and size. It will appeal not only to collectors of rare antiquities but also anyone seeking a striking talking point for their home. It’s the kind of antique that today is often bought by interior designers.” The horse is priced at £3,250.
The Han Dynasty was one of the longest of China’s major dynasties. It rivalled its almost contemporary Roman Empire in the West. With only minor interruptions it lasted a span of more than four centuries and was considered a golden age in Chinese history especially in arts, politics and technology.
An inspiring model
All subsequent Chinese dynasties looked back to the Han period as an inspiring model of a united empire and self-perpetuating government.
The Tatton Park Fair is a popular three-day event that heralds the start of the antiques season in the North of England and provides the ideal opportunity to view and buy a wide range of fine quality antiques, decorative period pieces, collectors’ items and original art, all at prices from less than £50 to more than £20,000.
Specialist dealers are combining a demand for decorative 20th century pieces and Mid-Century Modern with traditional furniture, lighting and soft furnishings to provide a wider choice than ever before.