A yellow and aubergine-glazed seated cat   19th century
Lot 87
A large yellow and aubergine-glazed seated tiger 19th century
£8,000 - 12,000
US$ 13,000 - 20,000

Lot Details
A yellow and aubergine-glazed seated cat   19th century
A large yellow and aubergine-glazed seated tiger
19th century
Amusingly modelled with its head turned to the right and mouth open in a playful grin revealing its sharp teeth and rolling tongue, the character wang painted between the thick eyebrows, the animal sitting proudly upright on its front paws with a long tail curving over the hind legs and boldly painted on the body with stripes. 39cm (15 3/8in) high

Footnotes

  • 十九世紀 黃地茄皮紫彩雕瓷老虎坐像

    It is very unusual in Chinese Export porcelain to find large models of tigers, particularly of the rather amusing and friendly variety depicted in the present lot. See W.Sargent, The Copeland Collection, p.139, no.63 for a large seated hound of similar type. It is much more common to find seated dogs of the large dimension shown in the present lot. Other tigers were made in the Arita kilns in Japan; a pair in the Copeland Collection is illustrated by W.Sargent, op.cit., p.253, pl.129, formerly in the collection of J.A.Lloyd Hyde. The author suggests that the tiger image was introduced to Japan, where it is not a native animal, as a subject of Chinese Buddhist paintings; in Buddhist iconography, the tiger represents the power of the faith, and symbolises courage and physical strength.
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