Chinese Horse

6"x6" oil on masonite panel. This diminutive ancient horse figurine has been on our mantle forever. I have walked by it so many times and never even thought to paint it. Then, one day, my greedy little hands snatched it and here it is in oil paint. It is an authentic Chinese sculpture. You know how I know it's authentic? Because, on the bottom there is an ancient inscription that says "Made in China." The words are located between the two phillips head screws that attach the horse to the base. Phillips head screws must have been an ancient Chinese invention.
Posted January 20, 2011


  1. Great painting. Lovely horse, whatever its age.
    When I was in China last year, I bought a roughed-up timber clock with Chairman Mao on the face... it looked so genuine, so 1950s. But my guide hinted that there was a big business in fake antiques... guess I was 'had'.

  2. I have a few authentic Chinese artifacts myself, It's funny how things can be laying around the house forever and then 1 day it catches you eye and needs to painted.

    I have been following your blog for a while and I think your work is fantastic including this one, keep up the great work.


  3. Well I'm sorry to inform you, but phillips head screws are an ancient roman invention. Methinks you've been had indeed.

    I love your sense of color and light.. Fantastic!


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