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A Famille Verte rooster tureen and cover, probably Kangxi periodEstimate $50,000 – $80,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015

The cockerel modeled seated, his head turned, his comb and wattle in iron-red, his feathers in shades of iron-red green, yellow, blue and black; 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high

Provenance: John Sparks Ltd.
Property of a Gentleman; Christie’s, London, 6 November 1995, lot 149.

Notes: This form, rare in famille rose enamels during the Qianlong period, is even more unusual in the famille verte palette. Famille rose examples include the cockerel tureen and cover in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, illustrated by W. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, Salem, 1991, pp. 209-211, no. 101; another in the John T. Dorrance, Jr. Collection, sold Sotheby’s New York, 20 and 21 October 1989, lot 455; the example made for the Basque family of Asteguieta, sold Christie’s, London, 16 March 1981, lot 69; and the tureen sold Christie’s, London, 15 November 2000, lot 259.

Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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