Offered by Franck Baptiste Paris
16th to 19th century furniture and works of art
Extremely rare subject representing an immortal deer* eating a Lingzhi mushroom, cookie with three colors glaze "Sancai" green yellow and eggplant.
Nice state of conservation, small chips and lacks to the mushroom and the wood.
China, reign of the Kangxi emperor (1654-1722).
Height : 9 cm ; Widht : 6,5 cm
Bibliography : Chinese Ceramics : The Anthony de Rothschild collection ; Régina Krahl, Eranda Fondation, 1996.
Similar model :
-Royal English Collection, published in « Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, by J. Ayers, 2016 vol. 1, pp. 150/151 ».
-National Trust Collection in Ascott
-Similar model but used as a pitcher in the Metropolitan Museum of NY.
-Sir Anthony Gustav de Rothschild (1887-1961) ; collected by himself in the 1920s-1930s.
-His daughter Renée Louise Marie Robeson née de Rothschild (1927-2015).
-Then by descent.
*In European culture, the deer symbolizes wisdom, spirituality, fertility and regeneration thanks to its ever-growing antlers.
But according to the Chinese tradition, this king of the forest can live several centuries and then puts on a beautiful white dress.
It is the only animal able to find the Lingzhi mushroom which guarantees longevity.
Once found, he feeds only on this mushroom, his antlers turn black and he becomes immortal.
Only a few animals of this type are known and have been seen in English royal collections, or in the Metropolitan Museum.
8 500 €