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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 257

    A LARGE PAIR OF CRANES

    QIANLONG PERIOD

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    A LARGE PAIR OF CRANES
    QIANLONG PERIOD
    Each long-necked bird modeled standing with head turned downward, their feathers picked out in black and bianco-sopra-bianco enamels, perched on a pierced rocky base enameled in bright green
    16¾ in. (42.5 cm.) high (2)


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    Symbolizing longevity, the crane is an auspicious animal in China. They are also thought to be messengers of wisdom. Compare a slightly larger pair from the collection of the Duke of Westminister, formerly at Eaton Hall (1931) and Eaton Lodge (1957) and later sold Christie's, London, 15 May 2007, lot 410. Also see the pair in the Estate of Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard, Christie's, New York, 18 March 2005, lot 256; and the single in the Hodroff Collection sold Christie's, New York, 23 January 2008, lot 310.