Chinese famille verte biscuit porcelain water-dropper, shuizhu, in the form of a Mandarin duck beside a large open lotus leaf and stem, the wing, back and tail feathers heightened in apple green, aubergine and yellow glazes, all on a green ground heightened in black enamel indicating feathers, the green large lotus leaves with relief moulded veins, the crest and beak in biscuit, with unglazed base.
4 ¾ inches, 12 cm long.
Provenance & Additional Information
- From an important French private collection formed between 1924 and 1941.
- Purchased from Vandermeersch, 316 Rue des Saints Pères, Paris, 1924-1941.
- A similar example from the collection of Captain A.T. Warre is illustrated by R.L. Hobson in The Later Ceramic Wares of China, pl. LXXII; two others purchased from Joseph M. Morpurgo, Amsterdam, December 1965 and illustrated by the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in their Collector of the Year Exhibition, 1975, are illustrated by William R. Sargent in The Copeland Collection, the Peabody Museum of Salem, no. 7, pp. 36/7.
- It is interesting to note the identical technique to the body and wing featherwork on a famille verte cockerel referred to as a ‘very uncommon type’, illustrated by Anthony du Boulay in Chinese Porcelain: Pleasures and Treasures, no. 70, p. 77.
Top-half of stem restored.