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A RARE CHINESE EXPORT GROUP OF A EUROPEAN COUPLE, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1790
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A RARE CHINESE EXPORT GROUP OF A EUROPEAN COUPLE, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1790
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A Collecting Legacy: Property from the Collection of Nelson & Happy Rockefeller

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A RARE CHINESE EXPORT GROUP OF A EUROPEAN COUPLE, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1790
the lady wearing a flowered pink skirt with a lime-green blouse, her head covered with an iron-red veil decorated with flowers, her right hand holding a handkerchief, and her left hand outstretched holding the hand of her companion, the man modeled with a flowing blue robe painted with floral motifs and wearing a black circular hat, both figures standing on a rectangular pierced base
height 9 7/8 in.; 25.1 cm
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Provenance

Espirito Santo Collection, Lisbon

Bibliographie

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

Description

The source print for the present example has yet to be found. However, as noted in William R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection: Chinese and Japanese Figures, Salem, MA, 1991, fig. 105a, the original imagery was seen on Kangxi period Chinese Imari plates. These figures were often referred to as 'Dutchman and wife', however, Sargent believes these are 'representations of a general impression of a European couple rather than specific individuals'. Additionally, figures of Europeans of this model appear to exist in two variations. The earlier of the two and attributed to between 1760-90, are smaller in size. The present examples appear to be from the later group, often decorated with varying colored garments. Examples of both groups are illustrated ibid., cat. nos. 105 (earlier) and 106 (same molding as the present examples), as well as David Howard and John Ayers, China for the West, Vol. II, London, 1978, cat. no. 647 and 648. Compare other virtually identical examples previously in the Garbisch Collection at Pokety Farms in Cambridge Maryland, and sold in these rooms, May 22, 1980, lot 268; another sold at Christie's London, July 10, 1985, lot 485.

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

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