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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 304

    TWO FAMILLE ROSE MODELS OF CRANES

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    TWO FAMILLE ROSE MODELS OF CRANES
    18TH CENTURY
    Each standing on brown and sepia mottled rockwork mounds with their right legs raised, their heads turned sharply to their left, their white bodies finely incised with feather markings and their neck feathers and wing-tip feathers picked out in black enamel, their crests enamelled deep pink and their beaks and legs green
    13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) high (2)


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    The crane, an important symbol of longevity in China, is often shown alongside the strong and long-lived pine. A very similar but larger (43cm.) single model is in the British Museum, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics, Taibei, 1994, catalogue no. 90; another, smaller and plainly coloured, single example in the Copeland Collection is illustrated by W.R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, Salem, 1991, p. 165, who discusses the history of China trade orders for the waterbirds. M. Beurdeley and G. Raindre, Qing Porcelain, Famille Verte, Famille Rose, London, 1987, p. 108, note that these birds must have been made also for the Imperial Palace, citing a May 1742 entry in the notebook of Tang Ying (director of the Imperial kilns 1736-56) reading: "Received an order to make pairs of storks that should be depicted viewed from the front."

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    Provenance

    Sir Edwin A. G. Manton


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