A very rare group illustrating the fascination that Europe enjoyed with the Far East in the 18th century. Since the first porcelain came from China, it was common for European porcelain makers to imitate Chinese designs, shapes and decoration. The figure is ten inches high and ten across. Unfortunately, it has quite a bit of restoration, museum style. The vase is a complete replacement and in fact can be removed (carefully!) from the figure. On the bottom it proudly bears the name of the early 20th-century restorer who made it from scratch to replace the broken original (and he got the shape exactly right). He marked it: “Felix F., Dresden, Freibergerstrasse 43 (or 93).” Over time, this replacement vase has itself been chipped and repaired along the edge, so there are several layers of restorations. His hat has been in pieces. Both heads have been off, the base has been broken and professionally reglued, etc. The group was well worth saving, and there are repairs aplenty, reflected in the low price. From a few feet away, it looks great.

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Frankenthal Porcelain Figure of an 18thc Chinese Man and Woman Smoking Pipes c.1779.


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