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A pair of Chinese Export Nodding Head painted plaster figures, probably Canton, Qing Dynasty, mid-18th century
Estimate
25,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTOR

A pair of Chinese Export Nodding Head painted plaster figures, probably Canton, Qing Dynasty, mid-18th century
Estimate
25,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 31,250 GBP
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A pair of Chinese Export Nodding Head painted plaster figures, probably Canton, Qing Dynasty, mid-18th century
the finely modelled man and woman dressed in exotic robes and each holding a gilt-metal vase
34cm. high; 1ft. 1¼in.
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RELATED LITERATURE
David S. Howard, A Tale of Three Cities: Canton, Shanghai & Hong Kong, Three Centuries of Sino-British Trade in the Decorative Arts, London, 1997, p. 146, fig. 188;
Carl Crossman, Decorative Arts of the China Trade, 1998, p. 317, pl. 112.

The largest known collection of figures of this type is in Sweden at the Drottningholm Palace. In 1777 over a hundred were recorded, described as `China dolls', and were collected to provide an authentic view of Chinese life, with many representing artisans in various occupations. A number of similar but larger figures which were collected by the Prince Regent for the Brighton Pavilion and are recorded in early engraved views of its interiors (Crossman, op. cit., p.318).

For two closely related pairs, most likely from the same workshop, see those illustrated Howard, op. cit., p. 146 and also those sold Sotheby's London, Arts of Europe, 4 December 2012, lot 454 (£52,850).

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