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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 232

    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE CAT NIGHTLIGHT

    LATE MING

    Price Realised  

    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE CAT NIGHTLIGHT
    LATE MING
    The spotted feline modelled seated, its fur and whiskers picked out in blue, the eyes pierced, the mouth open to reveal two teeth and its tongue
    8¾ in. (22.5 cm.) high


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    For similar examples see the cover of The Property of Captain Michael Hatcher, Christie's, Amsterdam, 14 March 1984, lot 279 and anon. sale, Christie's, London, 14 June 2001. It is interesting to note that this feline night light form was used as a prototype for Iranian Safavid hookahs or kalians of the period. These soft paste or pottery examples from Persia and the Near East seem to be better documented than their Chinese counterparts. Compare anon. sale, Christie's, London, 23 October 2007, lot 161; A. Lane, Later Islamic Pottery, London, 1971, pl. 76A for an example now in the Victoria and Albert Museum; and Arabesques et jardins de paradis, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1989, no. 128, p. 155 for an example in the Louvre.