Lot 513
  • 513

A RARE PAIR OF IVORY AND PAINTED ENAMEL FIGURES OF KNEELING BOYS QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD |

Estimate
60,000 - 80,000 USD
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Description

  • Ivory, Porcelain
  • Height 8 1/8  in., 20.6 cm
each enameled metal body with carved ivory heads and hands, modeled kneeling in mirror of the other, their bodies turned slightly to the side with arms extended, vibrantly painted with gilt blue-ground robes above puce trousers, the faces finely detailed with smiling expressions. the hair gathered into two top knots, raised on fixed gilt-metal stands in incised with lotus scroll (2)

Provenance

Collection of R.H.R. Palmer (1898-1970).
Collection of the Hon. Mrs. Nellie Ionides (1883-1962).
Sotheby's London, 18th February 1964, lot 192. 
John Sparks, Ltd., London, 10th June 1964. 
Collection of Sidney T. Cook (1910-1964), and thence by descent. 

Literature

R. Soame Jenyns, Chinese Art III, New York, 1965, col. pl. 96 and front cover.

Catalogue Note

Painted enamel and ivory figures of this type are rare and only one other closely related example is known, from the J.E.G. Kulkindis collection, offered at Bonhams London, 10th November 2016, lot 100. Compare also a pair of kneeling figures modeled in a related style, formed of a variety of materials including wooden bodies, enameled copper attributes, and ivory heads and hands, attributed to the eighteenth century, from the collections of H.M. Queen Mary and Mrs Rafi Y. Mottahedeh, included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935, cat. no. 688, and exhibited in Chinese Ivories from the Shang to the Qing, Sotheby’s, London, 1984, cat. no. 135, where it mentions that the set was probably made in Guangdong, which was ‘not only the main foreign trading port in the eighteenth century but also a centre of enamelled copper wares for the European market' (p. 115).


Please note that this lot is limited to buyers in the United States only and cannot be exported. 

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