CATALOGUE NUMBERS 0130 & 0131
TWO CANTON ENAMEL EUROPEAN SUBJECT PLAQUES
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722)
Heights: 4 ¾ and 5 ¼ inches
The Chinese Porcelain Company, Ltd., New York, 1996
Mrs. Elizabeth Halsey Dock, New York
Delaware, Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, 1957
Wilmington Society of Fine Arts Exhibition of Chinese Export Porcelain and Enamels, no. 287
A pair of plaques. Each of square, slightly domed form. Painted in polychrome enamels with a wash technique. The first with a grassy slope with a tree in the left corner underneath which is a European gentleman seated on a large rock and gesturing to an approaching feline-like animal. The background with an architectural form near rocks. The left foreground corner with a small rock and grass. The second depicting a steep grassy slope on the right side of which is a large tree with the foliage applied in thick green tones of enamel below which is seated a European gentleman holding a small furry dog-like animal in his lap.
The subject of a lion and a European man as depicted on the right illustrated plaque is particularly interesting in that it closely relates in subject and depiction to a group of Kangxi biscuit figures modeled in the round depicting the same subject of a European man and a lion. A number of these biscuit examples, in various poses, are recorded and published. One figure with both the lion and European gentleman in a standing position is illustrated by Scheurleer in Chinesisches und Japanisches Porzellan in Europaischen Fassungen, number 38; another figure of a European man seated on the back of a lion from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ('79, 2.11) is illustrated by Valenstein in A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, number 228; and another figure from the Copeland Collection of a seated European gentleman approached by a lion is illustrated by Sargent in The Copeland Collection, number 16, who also cited further related examples.