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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 256

    A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED FAMILLE ROSE COCKERELS

    QIANLONG PERIOD

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    A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED FAMILLE ROSE COCKERELS
    QIANLONG PERIOD
    Each red-bellied bird modeled astride a rocky mound, its beak slightly open and showing a small yellow tongue, their raised wings and breast feathers picked out in brightly colored enamels, on a rocaille cast base
    16 in. (40.6 cm.) high, overall (2)


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    The outstretched wings on this pair of cockerels seem to be a rare feature. For examples of these birds with their wings flat to their sides, compare the examples in the Peabody Essex Museum, see Sargent, The Copeland Collection, pp. 144-5, no. 66; the pair sold Christie's, London, 18 June 2002, lot 269; and the single in the Hodroff Collection illustrated in Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, p. 263, no. 315.