A recumbent glazed porcelain rabbit
Chinese export 18th century
Height: 22cm Width: 26cm
The white glazed porcelain rabbit is decorated with incised hairwork and irregular black patches. The animal lies recumbent with head raised, eyes bulging, mouth closed, flared nostrils and both ears vertical and fully alert. Some yellow enamel has been painted into the nostrils and eyes with a puce colour to the inside of the ears and mouth. The underside is hollow and the figure is placed on a carved oval wood base.
The Copeland Collection Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures, Salem, Mass., 1991, pl. 115 & 116. Similarly moulded porcelain rabbits.
Mandarin and Menagerie vol.1, Reigate, 2008, pl. 12.6. A pair of goats in the same black dotted decoration.