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TWO RARE CHINESE EXPORT FIGURES OF EUROPEAN GENTLEMEN, QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, 1700-15
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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TWO RARE CHINESE EXPORT FIGURES OF EUROPEAN GENTLEMEN, QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, 1700-15
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A Collecting Legacy: Property from the Collection of Nelson & Happy Rockefeller

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TWO RARE CHINESE EXPORT FIGURES OF EUROPEAN GENTLEMEN, QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, 1700-15
each decorated in famille-verte enamels on biscuit and modeled standing on a flat base supported by rockwork, the tightly curled wigs falling down the shoulders and each holding a tricorn hat, one figure with a pale green coat painted with cloud scrolls and wearing a yellow waistband, and the other with an iron-red coat decorated with floral motifs
height of taller 9 1/4 in.; 23.5 cm
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Provenance

Espirito Santo Collection, Lisbon
Christie's Geneva, November 14, 1975, lots 100 (green coat) and 101 (red coat)

Literature

Michel Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, pl. IV.

Catalogue Note

Modeled wearing high French fashion of the early 18th century, there appears to be a set of five figures of this type similarly modeled and decorated, a rare set of which are in the Musée National Adrien Dubouché at Limoges. Figures from this group have most commonly been identified loosely as Louis XIV and his family' or 'Grand Dauphin' without substantial evidence, and the attribution is discussed in detail by David Howard and John Ayers, China for the West, Vol. II, London, 1978, cat. no. 601. The present examples are most often referred to as 'the Dauphin'. Compare other examples with green coats illustrated in Walter Bondy, Kang-Hsi, Munich, 1923, cat. no. 174, and William R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection: Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures, Salem, MA, 1991, cat no. 49. Examples with the iron-red coat appear to be less common, one example, together with a figure of a European lady from the same set, was previously in the collection of The Hon. Mrs. Nellie Ionides, and in our London rooms on July, 2, 1963, lot 55, and last sold in these rooms on Octover 14, 1998, lot 112. Another example with crane and cloud scroll decoration on the coat and previously in the collection of John T. Dorrance, Jr., was sold most recently in these rooms on April 19, 2001, lot 152.

A Collecting Legacy: Property from the Collection of Nelson & Happy Rockefeller

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New York