• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 224

    A PAIR OF LARGE FAMILLE ROSE FIGURES OF COCKERELS

    19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY DAOGUANG PERIOD (1821-50)

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    A PAIR OF LARGE FAMILLE ROSE FIGURES OF COCKERELS
    19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY DAOGUANG PERIOD (1821-50)
    Each modelled looking sharply to the left and right, standing astride mottled pierced rockwork from which a cockscomb with large yellow flower grows, the birds with shaded puce bodies and brightly enamelled multi-coloured wing, neck and tail feathers
    19¼ in. (49 cm.) high (2)


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    The cockscomb plant in Chinese is jiguanhua and the cockerel or rooster is gongji. Together they suggest the phrase guanshang jiguan which may be translated as 'may you continuously rise in rank'. A large cockerel on a rock suggests the phrase shishang daji (may there be good fortunte in the home).

    This model is closely related to the Qianlong prototype, although the addition of the cockscomb appears to be a 19th century addition. Several pairs of cockerels are recorded as being sold during the middle of the 18th century (see W. R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, Salem, 1991, p. 142), when animal and bird models became particularly popular. See ibid., nos. 65 and 66 for two pairs of Qianlong cockerels.

    A pair of very similar, but considerably smaller, cockerels was sold in our Amsterdam Rooms, 22 and 23 September 2009, lot 296.

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    Provenance

    Purchased from William Clayton Ltd., London, on 8 November 1978.