A Chinese Blanc de Chine ‘Governor Duff’ group, modelled as a family in western dress seated between a small table, in front of a cross, and a food dish, the family formally arranged with a pet dog and monkey seated either side of a potted plant, the standing boy and girl holding a fan and ornament while the parents each hold a cup, all on a raised rockwork base.
7 inches, 17.7cm high.
Kangxi, 1662-1722, circa 1690.
Provenance & Additional Information
• Formerly in an English private collection.
• A similar group is in the British Museum (collection number 1930.7-28.566); another is in the Victoria and Albert Museum( collection number C.c.108-1963); A further example is illustrated by P.J. Donnelly in Blanc de Chine, pl. P117a; another is illustrated by Rose Kerr and John Ayers in Blanc de Chine Porcelain from Dehua, A catalogue of the Hickley Collection, Singapore, no. 38.
• Another with the remains of cold painted enamels are listed in the cargo of the Dashwood of 1701 and are described as ‘Dutch families’ and are published by Godden in Oriental Export Market Porcelain and its Influence on European Wares, no. 266.
Overall good condition. The cross restored.