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A Famille Rose ‘Wine Drinking’ group, late 18th centuryEstimate $15,000 – $25,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015

The man offering wine from a yellow cup; 6 in. (15 cm.) high

Provenance: The Hodroff Collection; Christie’s, New York, 24 January 2007, lot 185.

Literature: D.S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, p. 256, pl. 306.
op. cit., p. 116, no. 6.2.

Notes: A small number of figure groups of this type are known, depicting men engaged with younger women at everyday activities such as music lessons, ear-cleaning or a pedicure. To the Chinese they clearly alluded to sexual escapades to come. In the present group, the girl’s left leg has been exposed, an accidental gesture that would have been considered an erotic display. For a further discussion and illustration of a related figure group see W.R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, The Peabody Museum of Salem, 1991, p. 130 (and on the cover).

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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