A Famille Rose ‘Teeth Cleaning’ group, circa 1750-70. Estimate $20,000 – $30,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015
With a Chinese man having his teeth examined by a standing lady, the man wearing a blue coat with white dragon medallions, the woman in a green coat with pink flowers; on a base of blue, pink, and white rockwork; 8 ½ in. (21.5 cm) high
The James E. Sowell Collection
Literature: op. cit., pp. 112-113, no. 6.1
Notes: A very rare series of four figure groups of everyday activities were in the Dr. Anton C.R. Dreesmann Collection, sold Christie’s, London, 10 April 2002, lots 500, 501, 502 and 503, including another « teeth-cleaning » group. See note to lot 43.
Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza