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

Each figure 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 amongst ‘China and other things over the Chimney in the Dineing Roome, ‘Two figures sitting in Chaires,’ 14.5cm.


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