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Lot 713. A pair of bronze figures of boys, Late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th century; 12¼ and 11¾ in. (31 and 30 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014.

Each boy is shown standing on a pedestal base and wears sash-tied pants, a torque hung with a ruyi-shaped pendant, bangles around his wrists and ankles, and has a hollow, rectangular basket strapped to his back. 

Provenance: Anna Ilsley Ball Kneeland (1865-1955), New York, acquired 1918-1931, and thence by descent within the family.

Exhibited: On loan: Yale University Art Gallery, 1955 to April 2014.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza