Qianlong Each finely potted and naturalistically portrayed in the form of a recumbent duck, its elongated curved neck flanked by eyes on each side and curving to a pronounced beak, the body resting atop a pair of webbed feet, its wings raised in semi-extension, the exterior displaying realistically incised texture and complexions in resemblance of feathers, hongmu stands. 23cm long. (4).
Provenance 來源: A private Ontario collection
In contrast to Chinese export porelain figures of animals and birds made for the Western market, the creation of the current lot involved a series of complex stages, including tightly incised textures forming the exterior bodywork and the use of different colour palettes. The animal figures were fired twice to achieve realism and naturalistic beauty.
For a closely related example of a porcelain duck with finely carved feathers in the Qing court collection, Palace Museum, Beijing, see Porcelain with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration. The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 1999, p.172, no.153.
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