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A RARE PAIR OF IMPORTANT AND LARGE CHINESE FAMILLE-VERTE FIGURES OF PHOENIX BIRDS, 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY
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1057
A RARE PAIR OF IMPORTANT AND LARGE CHINESE FAMILLE-VERTE FIGURES OF PHOENIX BIRDS, 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Estimate
60,00080,000
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Details & Cataloguing

L’Art de Vivre: Property from the Collection of Kathleen and Martin Field

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A RARE PAIR OF IMPORTANT AND LARGE CHINESE FAMILLE-VERTE FIGURES OF PHOENIX BIRDS, 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY
each superbly modeled standing with one powerful claw raised upon lingzhi issuing from a tall rockwork base with small hollowed well, the neck feather shaped and molded falling to long tail-plumes picked out in iron red, blue green, pale yellow, aubergine and giling
height of taller 24 1/2 in.; 62.3 cm
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Provenance

Edgar Gorer, London, by 1911
The Patiño Collection, Sotheby's New York, November 1, 1986, lot 3

Literature

Edgar Gorer and J. F. Blacker, Chinese Porcelain and Hardstone, Vol. I, London, 1911, pl. 97.
Walter Bondy, Kang-Hsi: Eine Blüte-Epoche der chinesischen Porzellankunst, Munich, 1923, cat. no. 183.

Catalogue Note

More often found in famille-rose and generally of smaller size, the present large pair of phoenix birds appear to be the only published examples of this size and palette. Recorded in Gorer and Blacker in 1911, they were described as 'superb specimens (that) reveal the highest skill', and were dated as Kangxi period. Each feather on the neck appears to be separately molded and applied, and the plumage on the back is individually cut to present a dynamism and movement that is unique to this pair of birds. 

A similarly modeled pair of peacocks of large size is illustrated in Michael Cohen and William Motley, Mandarin and Menagerie: Chinese and Japanese Export Ceramic Figures. Volume I: The James E. Sowell Collection, Surrey, 2008, pp. 232-233, cat. no. 16.8, where the authors date the pair as circa 1820.

L’Art de Vivre: Property from the Collection of Kathleen and Martin Field

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New York