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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 255

    A RARE BLANC-DE-CHINE EQUESTRIAN FIGURE

    CIRCA 1700-20

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    A RARE BLANC-DE-CHINE EQUESTRIAN FIGURE
    CIRCA 1700-20
    Modeled as a curly haired Dutchman astride a horse, a sword in his right hand, his garments and the animal's bridle and saddle picked out in gilt
    12 in. (30.4 cm.) high


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    Another example of this model and its companion, a Dutchman riding a mythical beast, are illustrated by Godden (Oriental Export Market Porcelain, London, 1979, pp. 270-1, no. 198) where he notes that two Blanc de Chine figures of "'men on horses' and 'men on monsters' at 2s and 2s 6d'" are mentioned in the English East India Company's early 18th century sales records. Also compare Sotheby's, New York, 24 January 1990, lot 326 and the example in the Maret-Gould Collection illustrated by M. Beurdeley, Chinese Trade Porcelain, p. 32.

    Provenance

    The Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 116.


    Literature

    Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, pp. 174-5, no. 111.
    Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. I. p. 96, no. 59.


    Exhibited

    Virginia Museum, 1981-82.