A pair of Arita puppies, circa 1670/80.

The puppies, which are 19.3cm in height and 24.8cm in length, stand with their heads turned to the left, their bodies sponged in black, iron-red, turquoise and yellow. They are listed in the 1688 Burghley Inventory: “My Lords Dressing Roome…. China over ye Chimney…..2 Doggs.”


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