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    Sale 7431

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    6 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 233

    A PAIR OF UNUSUAL ORMOLU-MOUNTED BISCUIT MODELS OF PARROTS

    THE PORCELAIN KANGXI (1662-1722)

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF UNUSUAL ORMOLU-MOUNTED BISCUIT MODELS OF PARROTS
    THE PORCELAIN KANGXI (1662-1722)
    Modelled looking slightly to the left and right standing astride 'egg and spinach'-glazed pierced rockwork mounds, their wing feathers folded back over their long tails, and their bodies under cream glazes with deep sepia feather markings, the foot rims and bases mounted in gilt bronze
    9½ in. (24 cm.) high overall (2)


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    Cream-glazed parrots are relatively rare, being more frequently found in coloured enamels, such as green and turquoise. A pair of cream-glazed parrots on green and aubergine rockwork bases, similarly modelled to the present lot, was in the Alfred Schönlicht Collection, exhibited Chinesischer Kunst, Berlin, 1929, catalogue no. 962 and later sold Sotheby's, 13 December 1955, lot 152 (£ 480 to Partridge). A pair of very similarly modelled parrots, but with pale green bodies and deeper green wing feathers are in the Rijksmuseum, illustrated by C.J.A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1997, no. 218, p. 193, purchased in these Rooms, 10 & 11 June, 1914, lot 45; the beaks and feet of the Rijksmuseum examples have been cold-painted in red, which may originally have been the case with the present lot.

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