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Kangxi famille verte / Egg and Spinach dogs of Fo /Fu

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Category
Period
Reference
5654
Height
20 cm (7 3/4")
Kangxi Early 18th century Chinese pair of biscuit porcelain Dogs of Fo / Fu. Painted in the famille verte palette which in the west was at times referred to as egg and spinach palette for obvious reasons.

Excellent bright enamels on well modelled lions or dogs with the chimney to the back of the mythical beast being where the joss stick was put.

One male dog has its paw on a moveable brocade ball that raises and rotates around the post and the other with a puppy climbing up it. The brocade ball symbolises the world / universe. Both dogs eyes can move out so to appear on stalks.

The Buddhist lions are often referred to as either Dogs of Fo or Dogs of Fu. Fo means Buddha in Chinese and Fu means happiness. It is thought the Chinese modelled the dogs on the real life dogs as well as the stone temple dogs that were found in Tibet.

A real impressive pair and very good modelling and colour

Height
20 cm (7 3/4")
Year
1662 - 1722
Medium
biscuit porcelain
Country
China
Provenance
Sydney Moss label to the base and a sale cutting attached to the base relating to what they cost.
Condition
Some restoration and firing flaws