REF No. 6721

Pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of riders on qilins

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REF No. 6721

Pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of riders on qilins

Qianlong period circa 1760

Qianlong period circa 1760
European Market
Height: 10¾ inches; 27cm
from the Golden Gate Collection, GG1126

A rare pair of Chinese export porcelain figure groups of riders carrying vases, seated on Buddhistic Lions, all brightly enamelled in famille rose.

These are extremely rare figures, very well modelled and with lively colouring. The riders are not Chinese but also not European, more likely from one of the many nations along the Silk Road that traded with China.

References: Sargent 2012, No 105, a figure of a western man on a similar lion, Jingdezhen white glazed porcelain; Sargent 1991, p237, No 118, a rider on a blue lion.

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