Pair of Chinese famille verte biscuit porcelain scroll-weights, zhizhen, each in the form of a standing phoenix bird beside an aubergine rockwork grotto and a high-relief flowering plant unglazed in the biscuit with an elaborate green leaf, the birds with detailed relief hairwork to their necks and inside feather work to their wings, all on a green and clear-glazed ground on the rectangular base, the underside revealing muslin marks from the firing.
4 ¾ inches, 12.1 cm long; 4 ¼ inches, 10.8 cm high.
Provenance & Additional Information
- From an important French private collection formed between 1924 and 1941.
- From the Ionides Collection, Buxted Park, each with an original red inventory number 232/2.
- Another pair was sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of the Ionides Collection of Important Chinese Porcelain, Part I, the property of the late Mrs. Nellie Ionides, 2nd July 1963, lot 33; another from the collection of Baron Fould-Springer was sold by Christie’s Paris in their auction of Succession du Baron Fould-Springer et Objects d’Art provenant de la Succession de Cecile de Rothschild, 11th March 2003, lot 216, p. 104.
One with wing, wattle and comb restored, leaf and flower tips restored, the other with both wings, wattle and comb restored, scratches.