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Pair of Chinese Famille Verte and Rouge de Fer Glazed Porcelain Qilin Ewers

Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722


Of wonderful form, each plump and with barrel chest and short legs; tail with open aperture at
the tip, and mouth holding a spout,  with a trefoil openwork base held in its teeth.  Their sides with raised swirl designs with chilin and sacred fungus set against a stippled green ground.    Their faces have broad and alert features; and their mouths and wide smiling grins. 
Of rare type and fine quality.  Qilin were auspicious mythical animals that appeared in good times.

Height: 8 ½ inches (21 cm.)
Length: 7 ¾ inches  (19.5 cm.) from end of tail to tip of spout

Ex Collection: Private American Collection
Acquired from Ralph M. Chait Galleries in the 1970s
Ex M.E. Horner Collection (England)

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