An amazing matching pair of a male and a female glazed pottery attendants from the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 AD.
This type & size is very rare and were made as tomb figures for wealthy and prominent people during the Ming Dynaasty.
The male attendant with greyish-black robe over a cobolt blue and torquoise glazed dress and a round red hat and with black rim.
Many nice details. He is standing a tray and a mug or cup in his hands. Around his waist he carries a special bag.
The female attendant holds a dish in her arms and and wearing a dress in matching colors.
Both figures are made in three parts - 1. the podium and legs, 2. the torso and arms and 3. the head. This is the only type where the body and legs are made seperately.
Size: ca. 83 cm. in height, massive and heavy. The head is the size of a small childs.
Such large size figures are extremely rare and were not for the common officials, they would have been made for the super rich, likely nobility and to judge from their lavish style, made late 15th.-16th. century.
Condition: Superb for type and age with minimal losses, wear consistant with the age. Beautiful 'grazing' of the glazed areas.
The lady in this set comes with a TL-test by Ralf Kotalla, dating it to Ming Dynasty. (We can mail the test on request).
Ex. Danish Private Collection