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A VERY RARE CHINESE EXPORT FIGURE OF A RECLINING STAG
SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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A VERY RARE CHINESE EXPORT FIGURE OF A RECLINING STAG
SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Export Porcelain from the Private Collection of Elinor Gordon

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New York

A VERY RARE CHINESE EXPORT FIGURE OF A RECLINING STAG
SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY

its coat thickly enamelled in yellow, the white enamelled spots with an incised whorl pattern, its head fitted with detachable antlers.


length 8 in., 20.3 cm
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Catalogue Note

This exact model of reclining deer is apparently unrecorded. A figure of a reclining deer with white spotted brown coat in the Copeland Collection at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts is illustrated and discussed by Sargent, p. 246-7, no. 124 who notes that that model is also apparently unique.  A further pair of deer, seated in an upright pose similar to that of export figures of hounds, is illustrated by Cohen and Motley, pp. 176-7, no. 12.1, these also being the only recorded pair of that type.

Interestingly, the spotted deer is not an unusual motif in Chinese art. As Cohen and Motley note, "The Chinese word for deer, lu, is a homophone for 'fat salary', so deer also represent substantial material success...or pictured in a deer hunt symbolic of the pursuit of wealth."

Chinese Export Porcelain from the Private Collection of Elinor Gordon

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New York