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    Sale 7549

    British and Continental Ceramics and Glass

    18 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 106

    A MEISSEN SEATED PAGODA FIGURE

    CIRCA 1730, INTERIOR WITH BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK

    Price Realised  

    A MEISSEN SEATED PAGODA FIGURE
    CIRCA 1730, INTERIOR WITH BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK
    Of conventional type, his arm resting on his raised right knee, his left leg tucked beneath him, his yellow-edged green robe with Sgraffito scrolls and open to reveal his torso, his smiling face with a pierced mouth, black eyes and eyebrows, his head shaved except for a central area of black hair and tufts behind his ears (slight chipping to edge of base, slight rubbing to his left ear and nose)
    3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high


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    For an example with very similar decoration, see Hermann Jedding, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts in Hamburger Privatbesitz, Museum Für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Exhibition Catalogue (Hamburg, 1982), pp. 46-48, no. 18.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    'With their broad grins, these humorous figures not only were decorative but also functioned as covers for incense burners, the smoke issuing from openings in their ears and mouths' (Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide, 'The Reign of Magots and Pagods' The Metropolitan Museum Journal, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2002, No. 37, p. 184).


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