A famille rose porcelain reclining lady

Qianlong period, 18th century, China
清乾隆 18世紀 中國

Length: 19 cm, 7.5 inches - Height: 13.5 cm, 5.3 inches

The lady is modelled reclining on a leaf shaped base, one arm is propped up on a pile of books the other holding an open book. The figure has a separate detachable head with flattened topknot all of a particularly fine quality; the original lead weight is set into the body allowing the head to be turned in different directions. She is dressed in a coral coloured robe with gilt details, crashing waves in green, blue and white enamel decorate the bottom of the robe above the feet, the interior enamelled in lime green.

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The Copeland Collection, the Peabody Museum, 1991, figure 57.

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