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A pair of Chinese painted clay figures of a lady and a gentleman
Canton, late 18th/early 19th century
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 11,400 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
208
A pair of Chinese painted clay figures of a lady and a gentleman
Canton, late 18th/early 19th century
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 11,400 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A pair of Chinese painted clay figures of a lady and a gentleman
Canton, late 18th/early 19th century
each figure modelled standing with court robes and with nodding heads, the lady with earings and a blue coat decorated with floral motifs to the collar and key pattern to the cuffs, her skirt with fine floral decoration, the gentleman in a brown robe tied at the waist  with a cord, the collar with diaper pattern and the cuffs with conforming key pattern
32cm. high and 31cm. high; 1ft. ¾in., 1ft. ¼in.
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Catalogue Note

A group of related painted clay figures in the collection of the Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, is illustrated in Carl Crossman, Decorative Arts of the China Trade, 1998, p.317, pl. 112. Another pair of related Chinese clay figures was exhibited at `A Tale of Three Cities, Canton, Shanghai & Hong Kong', Sotheby`s, 1997, p.146, fig.18.

The largest collection known of figures of this type is in Sweden at the Drottningholm Palace and in 1777 over a hundred were recorded there called `China dolls'  and were collected to provide an authentic view of Chinese life, with many representing artisans in various occupations. This large documented group suggests that it may be possible that those in the present lot may be earlier in date than suggested above.

A number of similar but larger figures which were bought by the Prince Regent for the Brighton Pavilion are recorded in early engraved views of its interiors (see Crossman op. cit., p.318).

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