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Rare Chinese Aubergine Glazed Biscuit Porcelain Monkey Ewer

Kangxi period


Realistically modeled, the Monkey is posed seated on his back legs and holding a peach that forms the spout of the ewer.  The handle is of pine branch form.  Glazed overall in a deep brownish-toned aubergine, with touches of yellow and green on the handle.  The body of the ewer with incised designs to simulate fur. Monkey ewers are quite rare. 
Height: 6 1/8 inches (15.5 cm)

Similar examples include one from the historic collection of Augustus the Strong; one from the Lady Ward Collection (England, early 1900's); one from the Anthony de Rothschild Collection; Metropolitan Museum of Art (Ex: Mary Clark Thompson Collection, 1923- same color), and another in the Jie Rui Tang Collection, US.  Another slightly larger type most often found in turquoise and aubergine glaze are also known, including one in the Copeland Collection now in the Peabody Essex Museum, and a pair from this gallery now in a private American Collection.

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