A pair of Famille Rose pheasants, circa 1755. Estimate $50,000 – $80,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015
Each with shaded iron-red breast and plumage meticulously rendered in pink, yellow, green, blue, black, white and gilt, the eyes black and the beak yellow, perched on blue pierced rockwork base; 15 ¾ in. (39.5 cm)
Literature: op. cit., p. 236-237, no. 16.11
Notes: The large heads of this pair are distinctive and enable accurate dating, as example of the same form were found on the wreck of the Geldermalsen, a Dutch ship travelling back from Canton that sank in 1752.
A related example has been sold in the Henry Brown Collection, Sotheby’s, London, 25 March 1941, lot 71.
Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza