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Figure Group of Dutch Dancers. Porcelain, Qianlong, circa 1750. Luis Alegria (stand 167). TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)

This group shows the couple preparing to dance, with the man’s feet parted and his arms guiding her shoulder; in her other hand she holds a handkerchief. They are standing on a moulded openwork plinth. He is dressed in a pale green coat with red waistcoat, trousers and buckled shoes and a straight brimmed hat. She wears a red jacket with a pale blue skirt and a blue mantel. Height 24.4 cm

Provenance: Rafi Y. Mottaheden collection (label under base )

Literature: David Howard and John Ayers, China for the West, vol. 2, p. 618, fig. 648 (ill.); Other examples see Joseph Butler, ‘Chinese Porcelain figures of Westerners’, in E. Gorden (ed.), Chinese Export Porcelain: An Historical Survey, 1977, p.90; Pamela C. Copeland, ‘Oriental Porcelain Frivolities’, in Antiques, May 1966


Two famille verte ‘Phoenix Tail’ vases, China, Kangxi Period (1662-1722). Luis Alegria (stand 167). TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)

Porcelain, decorated to the baluster body and tall flared neck with large peony blooms borne on leafy stems, amidst clusters of prunus blooms borne on thick gnarled branches, all growing amidst rocks detailed around the foot, with moulded leaf-shaped supports to the base.Height 70 cm

Provenance: James A. Garland (1870-1906), no. 952; John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), no. 1204; Nelson A. Rockefeller (1980)

Founded in 1980, Luis Alegria specialises in eighteenth and nineteenth century marine paintings, seventeenth and eighteenth century furniture, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century Portuguese tiles and Chinese porcelain from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

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