A pair of Chinese export Famille Verte biscuit porcelain parrots

Early 18th Century, Kangxi Period, China

Length: 12.6 cm x Width: 7.5 cm x Height: 22 cm
長:12.6 x寬:7.5 x高:22釐米

The parrots face each other in mirror image as a true pair, both standing on open, hollow rockwork bases splashed with patches of green and aubergine against the clear glazed porcelain ground. The heads each with a quizzical expression painted in dark green enamel with short black lines in imitation of tight feather work which extends down to the end of the tails, the wings enamelled in aubergine, the feathers painted in black with a more open feather work design, the front enamelled in a light green with stippled decoration in black. The open beaks and claws have been left in the biscuit and might well have originally been painted in cold pigments.

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