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    Sale 2818

    EUROPEAN NOBLE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 514

    Two Chinese famille rose figures of cockerels

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Two Chinese famille rose figures of cockerels
    19th Century
    Both modelled standing astride a rockwork base and lifting one claw, the heads turned to one side, painted differently in brightly enamelled feathers, red wattle and high comb, minor damages and restoration
    16.5 and 29.7 cm. high (2)


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    As early as the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), the Chinese made small figures in various materials, and from the Ming period onwards both glazed and unglazed biscuit figures were made. In China cockerels symbolise good fortune, but European private merchants bought figures like these for their decorative value.

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