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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 309

    A BLANC DE CHINE EUROPEAN FAMILY GROUP

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A BLANC DE CHINE EUROPEAN FAMILY GROUP
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Modelled as a seated European couple, he holding a goblet of wine and wearing a tricorn hat, she wearing a cowl, their son and daughter standing alongside, a small table supporting a bowl of fish between them, a monkey at their feet
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high


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    Although traditionally known as 'Governor Duff', (Diederick Duiver, the Dutch Governor-General of the East India Company from 1729-31), there is little evidence to support this; indeed, mention of such models of 'Dutch families' were listed in cargo sale lists of the British East India Company of 1701, see G. Godden, op. cit., pp. 266 and 270. For similar groups, see D. S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, pp. 248-9, pl. 294, an example in the Hodroff collection; and Howard and Ayers, op. cit., vol. I, p. 94, no. 55, the Mottahedeh example. A very similar group in The British Museum was exhibited in Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics, Taibei, 1994, catalogue no. 30.