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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 359

    A Chinese Dehua blanc-de-chine 'Governor Duff' group

    LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A Chinese Dehua blanc-de-chine 'Governor Duff' group
    Late 17th Early 18th Century
    Modelled with a man known as Governor Duff seated beside his wife at either side of a small table with a glass in their hands, he in a frock coat and with a tricorn hat similar to his son standing to the right, the mother and daughter dressed in skirts and hooded cloaks, all on a shaped pedestal with a small dog, a monkey and a jardinière, some repair
    17.2 cm. high


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    The main male figure is known as Governor Duff, the nickname for Diederik Duiver, Governor of the Dutch East India Company. However, since he only took up office in 1729 (until 1731), and similar groups have been found on the bills of lading of ships of the East India Companies from the beginning of the 18th Century, this attribution is now doubted. In addition, three such groups are described in detail in the 1721 inventory of the Collection of Augustus the Strong in Dresden. See P.J. Donnely, Blanc de Chine, p. 191, pl.117A and D. Howard and J. Ayers, China for the West, p. 94, fig. 55 for discussions on these groups.

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