Tang Dynasty Pigment Decorated Groom Figure


A fine red pottery example coated with remnants of original white slip and pigments. This is a rather energetic example with the foreign Grooms left arm up, his hand clutching in a motion as though he is holding the reins tugging a horse, his very expressive face commanding the animal to follow him is a very unusual and powerful example.

Most Tang pottery Grooms were foreigners, often from Central Asia, with characteristic beards, larger noses, rounded eyes and style of dress.

Provenance: This particularly fine example came from the estate of Chinese and Asian Art collector Christopher Weld of Ipswich Massachusetts (DOD March 7, 2017) .

The Groom was bought from the Chinese Porcelain Company, 475 Park Avenue, New York City. (see the attached original receipt)

I knew Christopher Weld and had the opportunity to spend hours with him examining his massive collection of mostly fine 18th C. Chinese Armorial wares for the English market, rare Ming blue and white wares as well as earlier Tang examples. He was a true collector.

Much of his collection was purchased from scholar and dealer David Sanctuary Howard who wrote the book (literally) “Chinese Armorial Porcelain” now the standard reference on the topic as well as “New York And The China Trade”.  Much of the rest he bought from the Chinese Porcelain Company in New York as is the case with this example and the Tang Camel we have posted here.

Christopher was a very interesting guy and a lot of fun to be around.

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Age or period: Tang Dynasty
Product Condition: Good, old repairs, see images or ask for addition photos.
Country of origin: China
Material: Fired Pottery
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Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 15 in


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  • Address: 185 Main St
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