A pair of famille-rose porcelain ducks with hongmu stands Qianlong
Lot 319
A rare pair of Imperial porcelain ducks Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 312,500 (US$ 40,283) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of famille-rose porcelain ducks with hongmu stands Qianlong
A rare pair of Imperial porcelain ducks
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).

Footnotes

  • 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.

    清乾隆 御製粉彩雕瓷鴨一對

    卧式鴨昂首,嘴微張開,白色翅膀揚起,尾部上翹。全身填粉彩,一隻嘴巴及雙蹼呈橙黃色,雙翅及尾部呈灰藍色,另一隻只在嘴巴及雙蹼處填黃色。鴨上凸雕羽翼,層次分明,上再篦劃羽毛,細緻清晰,足底平坦,但有刻劃蹼掌,無款。

    北京故宮博物院舊藏粉彩雕瓷鴨一件,在工藝及神態上與本拍品如出一轍,見葉佩蘭主編,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品大系.琺瑯彩.粉彩》,上海,1999,頁172,編號153。根此書說明,此器集雕塑、篦劃及彩繪,再以二次燒成,工序多且複雜,是仿生瓷中之精品。
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