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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 28

    A RARE BISCUIT-GLAZED DEER WATERDROPPER AND COVER

    KANGXI PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A RARE BISCUIT-GLAZED DEER WATERDROPPER AND COVER
    KANGXI PERIOD
    Modelled seated with aubergine sacred fungus sprig in his jaws, his coat with incised fur detail and spotted in white enamel, a blue-green spout opposite a blue-green handle in the form of a pine bough, the top of his head forming the cover with antlers as the knop
    8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) high


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    The spotted deer, or meihua lu (prunus blossom deer, a reference to the markings) was often portrayed with sacred lingzhi fungus and the long-lived pine. It was the familiar of Shoulao, and thus closely associated with longevity. For 18th century standing figures of deer see W.R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, p. 158 and p. 216.