Early Qing dynasty, signed Chen Mingyuan Naturalistically modelled with sensitive attention to the toad's anatomy, depicted poised with head held up with alert expression, the back with warty lumps revealing it as the male of the species, the stoneware of an attractive greyish-brown colour, the base with two seals. 9.5cm long.
Provenance 來源: Hugh M. Moss Ltd., London, 1977
Illustrated 出版: Paul Moss, I-Hsing-Tea-Taste, Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, vol.10, no.3, September 1978, pg.6, fig.5.
For a small Yixing stoneware model of a turtle by Chen Mingyuan in the Shanghai Museum, with matching 'Chen' seal, see Themes and Variations. The Zisha Pottery of Chen Mingyuan, Hong Kong, 1997, pg. 196, pl. 94.
See also a figure of a toad on a pine log, signed by Chen Zhongmei, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 24 May 1978, lot 344.
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