Vintage 1980s Majorette Kansas City Carriage. Presenting a EXTREMELY RARE Vintage 1980s Majorette Kansas City Carriage/Stagecoach.…
PRESENTING A STUNNING STATEMENT PIECE, namely a Ming Dynasty Style Horses and Carriage.
In near mint condition.
This is one of the absolutely BEST tomb style pieces you will EVER SEE!
Set of 4 free standing ceramic horses on platforms with carriage and rider to the rear.
GORGEOUS glazes to the ceramic. Each horse having a brown/tan glaze, with green for the saddlery and blue mane and tail.
The carriage has a re-moveable brown glazed top. Both sides of the carriage are adorned with “Foo Dogs’ and geometric patterns.
The driver of the carriage is brown and blue with outstretched arms that probable held leather reins.
The carriage sits on 2 large wheels with a protruding spoke.
For stability on display … 2 later marble pillars have been placed (loosely) under the front and back of the carriage. These are not attached to the piece.
Discovered in China in 2006 and purchased from a Chinese Government sanctioned store in the Lu Lui Chong Section of Beijing, China.
Has the accompanying paperwork and authentication papers.
The Ming dynasty (/mɪŋ/) was the ruling dynasty of China – then known as the Great Ming Empire – for 276 years (1368–1644) following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty. The Ming dynasty was the last imperial dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Han Chinese. Although the primary capital of Beijing fell in 1644 to a rebellion led by Li Zicheng (who established the Shun dynasty, soon replaced by the Manchu-led Qing dynasty), regimes loyal to the Ming throne – collectively called the Southern Ming – survived until 1683.
The Hongwu Emperor (ruled 1368–98) attempted to create a society of self-sufficient rural communities ordered in a rigid, immobile system that would guarantee and support a permanent class of soldiers for his dynasty: the empire’s standing army exceeded one million troops and the navy‘s dockyards in Nanjing were the largest in the world. He also took great care breaking the power of the court eunuchs and unrelated magnates, enfeoffing his many sons throughout China and attempting to guide these princes through the Huang-Ming Zuxun, a set of published dynastic instructions. This failed when his teenage successor, the Jianwen Emperor, attempted to curtail his uncles’ power, prompting the Jingnan Campaign, an uprising that placed the Prince of Yan upon the throne as the Yongle Emperor in 1402. The Yongle Emperor established Yan as a secondary capital and renamed it Beijing, constructed the Forbidden City, and restored the Grand Canal and the primacy of the imperial examinations in official appointments. He rewarded his eunuch supporters and employed them as a counterweight against the Confucian scholar-bureaucrats. One, Zheng He, led seven enormous voyages of exploration into the Indian Ocean as far as Arabia and the eastern coasts of Africa.
The rise of new emperors and new factions diminished such extravagances; the capture of the Zhengtong Emperor during the 1449 Tumu Crisis ended them completely. The imperial navy was allowed to fall into disrepair while forced labor constructed the Liaodong palisade and connected and fortified the Great Wall of China into its modern form. Wide-ranging censuses of the entire empire were conducted decennially, but the desire to avoid labor and taxes and the difficulty of storing and reviewing the enormous archives at Nanjing hampered accurate figures. Estimates for the late-Ming population vary from 160 to 200 million, but necessary revenues were squeezed out of smaller and smaller numbers of farmers as more disappeared from the official records or “donated” their lands to tax-exempt eunuchs or temples. Haijin laws intended to protect the coasts from “Japanese” pirates instead turned many into smugglers and pirates themselves.
By the 16th century, however, the expansion of European trade – albeit restricted to islands near Guangzhou like Macau – spread the Columbian Exchange of crops, plants, and animals into China, introducing chili peppers to Sichuan cuisine and highly productive corn and potatoes, which diminished famines and spurred population growth. The growth of Portuguese, Spanish, and Dutch trade created new demand for Chinese products and produced a massive influx of Japanese and American silver. This abundance of specie remonetized the Ming economy, whose paper money had suffered repeated hyperinflation and was no longer trusted. While traditional Confucians opposed such a prominent role for commerce and the newly rich it created, the heterodoxy introduced by Wang Yangming permitted a more accommodating attitude. Zhang Juzheng‘s initially successful reforms proved devastating when a slowdown in agriculture produced by the Little Ice Age joined changes in Japanese and Spanish policy that quickly cut off the supply of silver now necessary for farmers to be able to pay their taxes. Combined with crop failure, floods, and epidemic, the dynasty collapsed before the rebel leader Li Zicheng, who was defeated by the Manchu-led Eight Banner armies who founded the Qing dynasty.
Ming Dynasty Style Horses and Carriage
Provenance: Bought by a US Private Collector whilst living in Beijing in 2006. The collector was living and working there for 10 years and had an official translator. They received word in 2006 that a new tomb had been discovered in one of the Provinces, namely, Lintong District, Shaanxi Province, and that some of the tomb discoveries were for sale by a Government sanctioned store in Beijing. Bought at that store with the accompanying paperwork and Certificate of Authenticity (see photos). The top of the carriage also has an official wax seal.
They have been TL Tested (by us) using Artemis Labs in CO and the results were inconclusive on dating. Therefore we can only sell these as Ming Style. Hence, the very affordable price tag for something so large and decorative.
Condition: Near Mint condition. One crack to the carriage directly above the driver. One chip to one ear of one horse. One or 2 very minor cracks and chips but nothing significant enough to devalue this piece.
Dimensions: Each horse is 16″ long, 16.5″ tall and 5.5″ wide.
The Carriage is 19″ Tall, 10.5″ Wide and 16.5″ Long.
On display with 4 hoses abreast of each other in front of the carriage the piece is circa 32″ Wide and 30″ Long.