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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 151

    A RARE PAIR OF BISCUIT-GLAZED HORSES

    KANGXI PERIOD

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    A RARE PAIR OF BISCUIT-GLAZED HORSES
    KANGXI PERIOD
    Each spotted horse modeled recumbent on a green leaf base, their forelegs bent before them as if about to stand, their heads tilted and ears pricked
    5½ in. (13.9 cm.) long, overall (2)


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    W.R. Sargent illustrates a nearly idential pair in the Peabody Essex Museum (The Copeland Collection, p. 63) and notes the influence of the Chinese horse model on European ceramics and then on Japanese porcelain, writing that the type "...has a monumentality and individuality matched by few other animal sculptures". Other examples include the pairs in the collection of H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester, sold Christie's, London, 20 May 1954, lot 12 and in the collection of Mrs. Warwick Bryant, sold Christie's, London, 26 October 1955, lot 81.

    Exhibited

    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1997.