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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1998.209
  • Catalogue No.: 71
  • Object type: Figure of a boy sitting on a drum
  • Kiln/Location: Kalkiemon style, Arita
  • Period/Date: before 1688
  • Dimensions: H. 14.4 cm
  • Provenance: Anonymous gift
  • Description: Figure of Chinese boy seated on a drum, a bottle-gourd slung over his shoulder. Greyish paste. Flat biscuit base with gauze marks. Kakiemon red, blue, turquoise and black enamels. The boy is wearing a waistcoat with red borders and blue and green diaper pattern at front and most of back with five formalised florets around bottom. Under this, a smock with red collar and finer red diaper pattern at the front, scattered blossoms on his sleeves and trousers, the creases of which are picked out in turquoise and black. Lips only are picked out in red. The drum with red imitation wood-grain between lines of black dots.

    This is the same model as the celebrated pair of figures at Burghley House, inventoried in the collection of the Earl and Countess of Exeter in 1688 as '2 figures with Juggs att their backs', when they stood among 'China over ye Chimney, ..[in]... My Lords Dressing Roome'. See The Burghley Porcelains, 1986, no. 89. See also the pair in the Museo Duca di Martina, Naples (Ambrosio, 1984, no. 1.13).

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