7 November 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 2,750
Estimate GBP 500 - GBP 800
AN EXPORT PAINTED CLAY FIGURE WORKING AT A DESK, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
the Chinese man with long braided hair, seated at a stool before a wood table, a miniature writing set and paper before him, all resting upon a square wood base -- 6¼in. (16cm.) high.
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A Similar quality of clay figures in the form of tea workers can be found in 'The China Trade', Carl Crossman, 1991, p320, colourplate 113, from the Collection of the Peabody Museum of Salem.
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