Whistle in the form of standing European gentleman wearing a tricorn hat and holding a bird to his chest with his right hand and a fan or baton, wearing a long buttoned

coat, ballooned breeches and boots, standing on a lion mask, with the whistle at the back rising from his waist, covered in a white glaze.

3 ¾ inches, 9.5 cm high.

Kangxi, circa 1700.


  • From the collection of Captain J. Meuldijk, The Netherlands.
  • Purchased from Hooykaas, The Hague, The Netherlands, circa 1980.
  • A similar figure, from The Hickley Collection, Singapore, is illustrated by Rose Kerr & John Ayers in Blanc de Chine, Porcelain from Dehua, no. 42; another is illustrated by William R. Sargent in The Copeland Collection, Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures, no. 42, p. 96, where the author notes that this figure ‘inspired the production of an English salt-glaze version (not a whistle) dated to 1730-1740.’


£ 1,250

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