Three small Chinese blanc de chine figures of a dignitary, probably Ming (1522-1644).

The figures measure 14.5 cm in height. Each represents a bearded dignitary wearing a flat Court hat and loose robes, his hands clasped together beneath his ample abdomen, whilst he sits in a low-backed chair. The figures are cast in a two part mould  and covered in a creamy glaze. The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: “Two figures sitting in Chaires” amongst “China and other things over the Chimney in the Dineing Roome”.

 

REFERENCE: CER0322

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