Chinese antique ray skin and cloisonne enamel saddle

£7,500

This unusual Chinese saddle is a rare example of mid-Qing period equestrian equipment, featuring delicate cloisonné enamel detailing.

 

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Description

This unusual and remarkable object, is an 18th Century Chinese saddle, built from wood and has been lined with ray skin. It is decorated with floral motifs, and patternwork, executed in cloisonne enamel. The saddle was originally made for the Mongolian market, during China's Qing dynasty (1644-1912). It dates from approximately the middle of that period, and is a rare surviving example of equestrian equipment from that time. The object bears testament to its use and its history, but nevertheless is embellished with intricate and elegant decoration, which speaks to its status as more than a purely functional object. It is a piece of great historical interest. It is stamped along the wood, but the inscription is no longer legible. 

Details

Country of Origin
Chinese
Date of Manufacture
18th Century
Period
18th Century and Earlier
Style
Chinese Interest, Equestrian / Horses, Floral
Material
Enamel - Cloisonné, Ray skin, Wood
Colour
Brown, Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
27 cm / 10.6 inches
Width
43 cm / 16.9 inches
Depth
28 cm / 11 inches

Reference:
14740

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