Pair of Chinese famille verte biscuit porcelain joss-stick holders, modelled as seated smiling boys, each with their left knee slightly raised and holding the joss-stick holder in their left hand, one wearing a yellow jacket and green pantaloons, the other wearing a green jacket and yellow pantaloons, the faces covered in a clear glaze, their hairwork heightened in deep aubergine.
3 inches, 7.7 cm high.
Provenance & Additional Information
- From an important French private collection formed between 1924 and 1941.
- The yellow jacketed figure purchased from Compagnie de la Chine et Des Indes, 39 Ave de Friedland, Paris, 14th November 1927, the green jacketed figure purchased from John Sparks Ltd, 128 Mount Street, London, 1925-1941, with label.
- A similar yellow jacketed figure was sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of An Important Collection of Chinese Porcelain, the property of the late Sir Alfred Aykroyd, 17th May 1966, lot 81; included by William Sargent in The Copeland Collection, the Peabody Museum of Salem, no. 24, pp. 68/9.
One with front of foot off and hair knop off, the other with a foot-chip, foot-tip, finger and thumb restored, joss holder re-stuck.