A pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte models of a European couple, the man standing in front of rock work with arms extended, his right hand holding a hat, his left hand a scroll, wearing a long wig extending over his shoulder resting on a yellow robe with green shou characters, trimmed with black flowers on a green ground, an iron red sash painted with prunus blossom, his trousers also iron-red with black enamel shoes. The lady, with high-piled curling hair and cloth cowl, standing with left arm extended, wearing a long yellow dress painted with black flowers and scrolling foliage,  her bodice and skirt in green adorned with flowers, her apron iron red painted with a bird in the clouds.

The man 9 3/8 inches, 23.8 cm high; the lady 8 3/4 inches, 22.2cm high.

Kangxi 1662-1722.


Man: hand and hat restored, other hand and scroll restored, front of base repair.
Lady: both hands restored.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the collection of a French lady, purchased in Paris in 1950’s/1960’s.
  • A similar pair are published in Mandarin and Menagerie by Michael Cohen and William Motley, p. 290.
  • Another similar pair is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, from the Basil Ionides Bequest, C.109-1963 & C.109A-1963.
  • Another similar pair without hands, are illustrated in La Maladie de Porcelaine, by Eva Ströber, no. 22, pp. 58/59.
  • For a further example also without hands, see Kang-Hsi, by Vonwalter Bondy, Berlin, 1923, p. 175.