Chinese collection

Item LL 6661

Accession no: LL 6661
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Figure of a lion
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille verte style
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722 AD)
Measurements: H. 34.9 cm

Description: Pair of lions seated on rectangular plinths; one has a ball of brocade revolving on a spindle under his fore-paw, and the other a cub; the eyes movable. Porcelain, richly enamelled on the biscuit with the usual colours. The body is green and the hair picked out with yellow, aubergine, and black. On the forehead is a medallion with the character 'Wang' (King). The brocade ball is moulded with designs in low relief. On the plinth are brocade patterns; and two of the sides are pierced with a ju-i (ruyi ''as-you-wish'') shaped opening.

Provenance
Richard Bennett collection; his sale, 1911, purchased by Edgar Gorer for Lever; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Literature
E. Gorer, Catalogue of the Collection of Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Esq. Thornby Hall, Northampton, London, 1911, p. 48, No. 264. R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 341.