Two 19th c. decorative roof tiles with Imperial provenance
Two 18th or 19th century Chinese decorative Sancai glazed ridge tiles with tricolor decoration fashioned in the form of The Heavenly Horses seated on half cylinder bases. From the Loch Collection of Chinese artefacts sold at auction in March 2015. Very good condition, unused as roof tiles, with a little rubbing to the glaze and repairable damage to one foot.
Price upon application
According to the Loch family, these, together with a quantity of other items, were acquired by Henry Brougham Loch (23 May 1827-20 June 1900), later 1st Baron Loch, in China in 1860 or ’61. In April 1860, he accompanied Lord Elgin to China as secretary to the embassy despatched to ensure compliance of China with treaty engagements imposed on the Chinese Emperor. During the advance on Peking, together with Harry S Parkes, a small party of officers and The Times correspondent Thomas Bowlby, all were seized by the Chinese whilst flying a flag of truce. The party was imprisoned in Peking: most were tortured and many died. Loch survived but would never fully recover from his injuries.
However, he stayed on and witnessed the retaliatory destruction of the old Summer Palace (Yuanminguan), just outside Peking, in 1860. He returned to Britain with trophies from the campaign, of which this one was handed down through the Loch family by descent and sold at auction at Eden Hall in March 2015 on the instructions of Sylvia Hawkins, The Rt Hon Lady Loch. The fourth, and last, Lord Loch, her late husband, died in 1981.
In the catalogue of the auction sale the origin of some of the items sold is erroneously attributed to The Boxer Rebellion (in fact, the 1st Baron died in England as this event was taking place). His involvement in The Second Opium War is, however, extensively recorded. A copy of the catalogue recording the sale of this item will be supplied to the buyer.