18 May 1999
A Hochst group of lovers embracing (Le baise donne)
Circa 1750-53, gilt wheel mark, incised i.R
Modelled by Simon Feilner, the gentleman in a chequered puce coat and breeches, his companion in a yellow and green bodice and flowered skirt, the gardener looking on and standing before a tree, on a shaped scroll-moulded shallow mound base applied with farm implements (broken through base, restuck and riveted, end of scabbard, gardener's rake and her left thumb and right index finger lacking, chipping to tree, gardener's hat and edge of base, further small restorations)
7 in. (19.2 cm.) high
Anon., sale Christie's Geneva, 16 May 1994, lot 92.
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After Filleul's engraving of Pater's painting of the same title.
See Kurt Rder, Das Hchster Porzellan (1930), pl. 25, nr. 147 and 149 for two similar examples.
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Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘