A fine and very rare famille rose group of a dancing European couple Qianlong

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A fine and very rare famille rose group of a dancing European couple
Qianlong

Sold for £ 26,400 (US$ 34,457) inc. premium
A fine and very rare famille rose group of a dancing European couple
Qianlong
The couple standing on a pierced plinth both with their left foot lifted off the ground in mid-dance, the man dressed in a pale-blue frock coat with pale-turquoise flowers with a red and gilt border, a pink inner coat with black and gilt border, gaiters with gilt buckles at the seams, gilt buckled black shoes and a black tricorn hat with gilt edging, the woman wearing a flowered pink jacket with a black and gilt border and a patterned pale-green skirt, her blue headscarf with cobalt blue scrolls and a light blue lining, the couple standing on a pierced rectangular plinth base, decorated on all four sides with orange flowers reserved on a light blue ground (restored).
25cm (9 3/4in) high.

Footnotes

  • For a nearly identical dancing couple see William R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection: Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures, 1991, The Peabody Museum of Salem p.222-223, pl.107 where the dancing couple holds the same pose, but are dressed in different coloured and patterned clothes.

    The inspiration of the pose of the group may have been the dancing couple first modelled in 1755 by Johann Friedrich Eberlein at Meissen, later copied in Jingdezhen directly from the original Meissen models. Examples of the Chinese figures on round bases following Meissen originals were found on the Geldermalsen sunk in 1752. Three are illustrated by C. Sheaf and R. Kilburn, The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes: The Complete Record, Oxford, 1988, p.152, pl.200. The original European models would have arrived in Canton at the very latest circa 1750.

    For other similar examples of famille rose dancing European couples see Country Life, 17 December 1987, p.55; Anthony du Boulay, op.cit., 1963, p.82, no.116; Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre, 1986, fig.284; Michel Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, 1962, p.21 pl.5; and Antiques November 1958, p.378.
A fine and very rare famille rose group of a dancing European couple Qianlong
A fine and very rare famille rose group of a dancing European couple Qianlong
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