8 November 2005,
Price realised GBP 17,400
GBP 2,500 - GBP 3,500
A PAIR OF FAMILLE VERTE BISCUIT PARROTS
Each modelled looking slightly to the left and decorated with pale green breasts and darker green wings, the male of slightly stockier build with white head, neck and tail feathers, the female with yellow head, neck and tail feathers, all with black feather markings, both birds modelled standing over a mound of pierced, splashed green, aubergine and white rockwork, their beaks and feet remaining in the biscuit
8½ in. (21.8 cm.) and 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) high (2)
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A pair of very similar parrots is illustrated by C. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, London, 1997, no. 218, p.193. Another pair from the Johanneum Palace, Dresden, is illustrated by W. Bondy, Kang-Hsi, Munich, 1923, plate 184.
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