A RARE CHINESE EXPORT CRAB-FORM TUREEN AND COVER, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
delicately and realistically modeled crouching with one claw raised towards its mouth with four legs on each side of the body, the cover modeled as the carapace with protuberant and freely moving eyes and surmounted by a shell-form knop, all supported and fixed on a lotus shaped stand incised with veins and with rolled edges painted with flower sprays and floral roundels
width 8 3/4 in.; 22.2 cm
G. Duff Collection, Lisbon
Christie's London, March 2, 1976, lot 344
Michel Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, fig. 22.
Anthony du Boulay, Christie's Pictoral History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1984, p. 303, fig. 3.