This Chinese mid-century enameled stoneware ornament or statue of the Emperor's Throne is probably about 40-60 years old, according to some help from a group of Chinese collectors that know much more than we do about Chinese wares, just as we are still learning about Japanese wares- but Chinese we know very little of. I believe from what I have learned we have the description of the type of ware as stoneware correct, and hand painted work as enameling correct and glazed. If you see differently please let me know, I am still learning. It is moderately heavy for it's size. This was a purchase from a collector in the U.S. We thought it quite interesting when we saw it, then misplaced the information and had to ask for help. It is most interesting to see the historic designs of the Emperor's thrones of the past, they are quite extravagant and beautiful. I thought the artist did a good job in the design of this hexagon shaped throne with several bevels, cut outs and trims. Enameled in green, brown and cream colors. It does have a two piece repair on the bottom right side from front view as can be seen in the pictures but very well done and otherwise overall in good condition. For an interesting ornament of a piece of Chinese history, and your collection. If one can imagine a barbie doll sitting in it, it is about that size and which I must approximate until I get it back out to measure again:
SIZE: Height about 6", Width about 5", with each turn of the hexagon being just under about 2" each
The Last Emperor
As most will know China has an extensive history of rule and governance. In 1912 when the last Emperor held his throne, China became a Republic. This was following Sun Yat-sen’s republican revolution. A provisional government was established in his place, ending 267 years of Manchu rule in China and 2,000 years of imperial rule. Now the People's Republic of China, the highest leader being a President with the highest governing body being the National People's Congress. Although the membership of the NPC is still largely determined by the Communist Party of China, since the early 1990s it has moved away from its previous role as symbolic but powerless, and has become a forum for mediating policy differences between different parts of the Party and the government. The history of China is a long, interesting and romantic one, surrounded with much struggle. Many many books have been written and movies made about the history including the Emperor's Throne, and the last child emperor; including the well known and Oscar winning 'The Last Emperor' from 1987; that recounts the story of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China's Ching Dynasty, who inherited the throne at just three years old, before eventual imprisonment and political rehabilitation under Communist authorities.
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