An important pair of large famille rose standing boys Late Yongzheng/Qianlong
Lot 654
An important pair of large famille rose standing boys
Late Yongzheng/Qianlong
£180,000 - 250,000
US$ 230,000 - 320,000

Lot Details
An important pair of large famille rose standing boys
Late Yongzheng/Qianlong
Modelled standing looking directly forwards holding an iron-red globular vase at the alternate side and the other hand raised in a wave, wearing pale-turquoise-ground children's tunics linked with an official square on the front and back, the ground boldly enriched with iron-red, yellow and blue flower sprays, each figure standing on a tall rectangular pierced fixed base enriched with yellow and iron-red lotus and peony.
40cm (15¾in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • For a related pair, see M.Cohen and W.Motley, Mandarin and Menagerie: James E. Sowell Collection v. I: Chinese and Japanese Export Ceramic Figures, Surrey, 2008, p.92-93, no.47. Although of different coloured enamel and with one central topknot rather than the two illustrated by M.Cohen and W.Motley, this pair here is comparable in their size and exceptionally fine quality. Large famille rose examples of boy figures such as these are rare; more commonly found are famille verte figures such as those illustrated by D.Howard and J.Ayers, China for the West; Chinese Porcelain and Other Decorative Arts for Export Illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection, vol. II, p.579, item 600. A smaller boy, similar but not holding a vase, is illustrated by G.Williamson, The Book of Famille Rose, Tokyo, 1970, pl.LIX, formerly in the legendary English collection of W.Martin-Hurst. The most dramatic pair in any collection is probably the ones in Lisbon, illustrated in Porcelanas da China: Colecção Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Lisboa, 2000, p.31, col.pl.9.

    Boys were always strongly favoured in Chinese society, and pairs of laughing boys carrying lotus pots are known as hehe erxian or the Twin Immortals of Harmony. They were the patron deities of Chinese merchants and particularly of potters, and frequently accompany Cai Shen, the God of Wealth. The boys here are wearing protective amulets or gilded lockets around their necks to ward off evil spirits.
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