A rare pair of cloisonné enamel horses
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 18th century, China
清朝, 乾隆年製, 中國
Height: 10.2cm, 4.02 inches
高 10.2 釐米
Each horse with white coats and dark dappling, stand fore square looking slightly to the left and right respectively, the elaborate saddles decorated with a profusion of colours and designs. Bell horse trappings encircle the animals to the front and back, a pendant bell beneath each neck and gilt wire reins. Each animal is solidly modelled, with fine wire work and of a satisfying weight. The hooves and tails are gilt metal.
Collection of Henry Knight (d 1971). Bluett and Sons, 'Chinese Decorative Arts' 1974 illustrated figure 77.