Lot 71. A Pair of Famille Rose Roosters, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 14 1⁄2 in. (36.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price Realised USD 52,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2021.
Each colorful bird modeled standing on a pierced rockwork base, its head turned to the side.
Literature: W.R. Sargent, Chinese Porcelain in the Conde Collection, Madrid, 2014, p. 83.
Note: An auspicious bird in China, associated with good luck as well as faithfulness and perseverance, the rooster was also one of the most favored models in Chinese export porcelain. For a full discussion see W.R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, pp. 141-5.
The Tibor Collection was formed over decades, growing to encompass every category of Chinese export porcelain, from small, charming teawares to massive pairs of important jars. The collector had a deep appreciation for the magnificent porcelains made for New Spain as well as for the lifelike charm and elegance of Chinese porcelain figure and animal models.
Christie's. Chinese Export Art Featuring Property from the Tibor Collection, New York, 7 Jan - 20 Jan 2021