Engaged in their national sport, this group is frozen in time, unaware that they are amongst the most important pieces of Japanese ceramic culture in the western world. For a while, they were employed as a door stop at Burghley!
The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: “The Wardrobe or Clock Chamber. 2 China boyes wrestling”
The 1804 Burghley Inventory records: p. 20 no. 38 Billiard Room, Ornamental china. “2 chinese figures coloured. 2 do. do. wrestling.”