Tang pottery horse sculpture, estimate £20,000-30,000 at Roseberys.

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The size and quality of this 2ft 8in (80cm) high model, that comes for sale at Roseberys London on November 7-8, suggests it would have been produced for a family of exceptional wealth and rank.

Bought by the vendor’s family at the Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris, in the late 1960s or early 1970s, it is the first of its kind to appear on the market in recent memory, although some examples are in museum collections.

A horse of similar size, covered in a yellowish-brown glaze, was in the collection of George Eumofopoulos and now in the British Museum.

Estimate £20,000-30,000.