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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 299

    A PAIR OF RARE MODELS OF SEATED HOUNDS

    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A PAIR OF RARE MODELS OF SEATED HOUNDS
    FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY
    Naturalistically modelled looking sharply to the left and right with alert expressions and open mouths with the tails curled around the haunches, the bodies pale with dark sepia markings tinged with pale aubergine in places
    7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high (2)


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    These unusual hounds are probably earlier models to the more frequently found examples, which are dated to the Qianlong period. It has been suggested that they may depict greyhounds, which were brought to China by the Portuguese from the 16th century onwards, but perhaps are more likely to represent the bony, long-muzzled hound native to China, which can be seen in many forms of Chinese art since the Tang dynasty. See W. R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, Salem, 1991, no. 33, pp. 84-6, and a Kangxi hound seated on a famille verte plinth from the Copeland Collection on p. 85. A pair of hounds from the Collection of Edouard Larcade, almost identical in form to the present lot but decorated with manganese markings over a dappled turquoise glaze, was sold Sotheby's, 28 May 1968, lot 197.

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