18th Century Chinese saddle with cloisonne enamel details
Qing Dynasty Period
Height 27cm, width 43cm, depth 28cm
This antique Chinese saddle is an extremely rare item which is of great historical interest. Made during the height of China’s Qing dynasty in the 18th Century, the saddle was originally designed to be sold to the Mongolian market. The frame has been built from wood, and lined with ray skin. The saddle also features cloisonne enamel decorations in the form of flowers. A rare surviving example of equestrian equipment from this time, the wood is stamped, but the inscription is unfortunately no longer legible. Bearing testament to its age and use, the piece nevertheless was evidently intended as more than a purely functional tool, with its cloisonne enamel embellishment.