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A PAIR OF MASSIVE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL FIGURES OF SHEEP
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A PAIR OF MASSIVE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL FIGURES OF SHEEP

20TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF MASSIVE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL FIGURES OF SHEEP
20TH CENTURY
The two figures are shown standing in mirror image, each with the head turned to the side and decorated with a pattern of stylized birds reserved on a white ground on the body and a black ground on the head and legs. The plinth is decorated on top with designs interrupted in front by an Arabic inscription within a panel.
42 ½ in. (108 cm.) high

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Massive cloisonné enamel figures of animals standing on plinths are seen as early as the Qianlong period, such as the figure of an elephant supporting a vase on its back (170 cm. high) in the Qing Court Collection, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 43 - Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, pp. 142-43, pl. 137. A pair of massive cloisonné enamel sheep, also with Arabic inscriptions, of a size comparable to that of the present figures (122 cm. wide) was sold at Christie's New York, 18 September 2014, lot 649.

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