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    Sale 2818


    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 512

    A rare Chinese iron-red and gilt small 'carp' tureen and cover

    QIANLONG (1735-1796)

    Price Realised  


    A rare Chinese iron-red and gilt small 'carp' tureen and cover
    Qianlong (1735-1796)
    Modelled flopped on its side with head and tail slightly curled upwards, enamelled in iron-red and gilt, gilt speckling on its head, the body lightly moulded with scales picked out in gilt, surmounted by a small carp finial with brown enamelled scales, restoration to tail and finial
    20 cm. long

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    Fish appeared as decoration on Chinese ceramics as early as the Neolithic period, and remained a popular theme in Chinese art, especially in ceramics and paintings, ever since. Since the beginning of the 18th century tureens in the shape of an animal were made to order for the West; they were very popular and made in European factories as well. For a similar example see D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain, London 1974, pp. 124, 125 and 220, fig.190.

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