Pair of Chinese Blanc de Chine Fu Lions

17th century/ early 18th century

Description

Forming a pair, male and female. Each is posed sitting on its haunches with head raised towards the viewer an situated upon rectangular bases with a tubular incense holder at the side.  Each is well modelled with pleasant grinning features and fine detailing to curls and tails.  Both have brocaded balls in front, but the female also has a cub at her side- which is quite rare.  Glazed overall in an opaque white and creamy glaze.
17th/ early 18th century
Height: 13 1/2 inches
Ex: Private European Collection (acquired from Geoffrey Waters, London)
Note: Fu lions of this model are among the earliest types that came to Europe from China, starting in the mid-1600s.  They were a very popular type and similar examples were included in the most notable collections of their time including the collections of Queen Mary II of England (d. 1694), Louis IV (d. 1715).  Others were in the noted English collection at Burghley House and included in their historic inventory .
Similar examples may also be found in the Koger Collection at the Ringling Museum, Sarasota; the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; and several of multiple sizes in the Conde Collection, Mexico City.

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