CATALOGUE NUMBER 0147
SANCAI BISCUIT FIGURAL GROUP
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722)
Height: 6 ½ inches
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 1999
Sancai biscuit figural group, consisting of the Happiness Twins and Three Legged Toad (symbolic of wealth) standing in front of a tall rockery from which grows a peach tree. The scene is most likely meant to represent the Daoist paradise, the Penglai, which is characterized by its craggy peaks, and the peach tree, the peach tree of immortality, which grows there. The Twins and Toad are modeled in the full round, and the rockery and peach tree, in three quarter round. All are situated upon a tall rectangular pedestal base, which is modeled hollow. A short cylindrical incense holder is attached to the base just behind the Twin standing on the right-hand side. The group is decorated in vibrant sancai three color glaze decoration, all painted upon a glazed white ground. The reverse sides of the group and base, as well as the interior of the base are left as biscuit.