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The seated figure of a Chinese man leans with his proper left hand on a hollow stump with stylized bark. His proper right hand, which is detachable is raised. His head is shaved and the eyes and ear lobes are unusually elongated. The detachable head is weighted with a strip of lead that inserts...

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Marks

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Provenance

Probably with the Earl of Coventry [see note 1]. By 1944, J. P. Morgan, New York; January 8, 1944, sold by J. P. Morgan at Parke Bernet, New York, lot 492, and bought by Jas. A. Lewis & Son, New York, for Forsyth Wickes, New York and Newport, RI (d. 1964); 1965, bequest of Wickes. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

French, about 1740

Dimensions

Overall: 25.5 x 22.6 x 12.3 cm (10 1/16 x 8 7/8 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1987

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ceramics, Porcelain