A fine and very rare famille rose model of a dancing European couple Qianlong
Lot 49
A fine and very rare famille rose model of a dancing European couple Qianlong
Sold for £25,200 (US$ 39,433) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine and very rare famille rose model of a dancing European couple Qianlong
A fine and very rare famille rose model of a dancing European couple
Qianlong
Standing side by side at the start of a dance, the man standing to the left of the woman with his right arm around her shoulders and his left hand holding hers, wearing a black hat, long green patterned coat over an orange waistcoat and breeches, white stockings with gilt bows and black shoes, his hair painted in fine curls, the woman wearing a blue head shawl decorated with a red enamel rose, an orange jacket with a green blouse and a long light blue skirt decorated with torn-off flowers and holding a green kerchief, both standing on a pierced rectangular base decorated with a wood-grain pattern (restored).
25cm (9 3/4in) high.

Footnotes

  • For other models of a dancing European couple in a similar pose see William R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection of Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures, The Peabody Museum of Salem, Salem, Massachusetts, 1991, p.221 pl.106; D. Howard and J. Ayers, China for the West p.618, pl.648; and Antiques, February 1957, p.102, for the example owned by Phillip Suval Inc., New York.

    Other examples are illustrated by: D. Howard and J. Ayers, op.cit., Vol.II p.617, pl. 647 but with a different plinth; Michel Beurdeley, Chinese Trade Porcelain, op.cit., p.21, pl.v from the Espirito Santo Collection; J. Hayward, Chinese Export and English Chinoiserie Furniture, Antiques, February 1961, p.178, fig 3 from the Ionides Collection; Pamela Copeland, Oriental Porcelain Frivolities, Antiques, May 1966 p.710, from her own Collection (now in Salem); and J.T Butler, Chinese Porcelain Figures of Westerners, Antiques, February 1961, figs.11-12

    Other examples of this rare and highly desirable model were sold at Sotheby's, 1 March 1976, lot 56; Sotheby's, 12 May 1989, lot 107; and Sotheby's at Pokety Farms, Cambridge, Maryland, 22 May 1980, lots 268 and 270; and at Christie's London, 1 March 1976, lot 56, illustrated by A.du Boulay, op cit., p.292, no.3.
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