"Nodding Pagoda Buddha Porcelain"
Magot in white porcelain, tongue head and tilting hands
Period: Second half of the nineteenth century
Dimensions: 36X34X28 cm
late 19th century
Magot of exceptional size with tilting head and tongue. Material made entirely of porcelain with the exception of the bisque hands.
What are the Magots?
The word magot comes from the French: Barbary ape. They are male or female figures with oriental features. Usually the material used for the representation was painted or decorated porcelain. The subject depicted, in a good-natured and nice way, is Pu-Tai. The Chinese god of happiness and abundance.
It is said that they brought luck because, thanks to their head, tongue and jointed hands, they were able to forewarn earthquakes.
They arrived in Europe between the end of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth century thanks to the first connections between European merchants (primarily Venetian) and Chinese. They became, in the following decades, a status symbol to be exhibited in aristocratic residences. They found fertile ground in Europe thanks to the exotic fashion that developed in the Old Continent during the first decades of the eighteenth century. This fashion can be found in various objects of the time, not only in the Magots, such as the toiletries and the lacquered furniture decorated with the famous chinoiseries.
“Chinoiserie naturally exerted a great fascination on this indifferent and refined culture. Connoisseurs were in love with the clear and brilliant colors, curious men and monkeys wrapped in silk robes with rich embroideries ”, so wrote the Goncourt brothers in the nineteenth century.
in a few years, thanks to the increased demand, our factories also set to work to satisfy this new form of collecting.
From the German ones, Meissen Dresda Rudolstadt, to the French ones, Saint Claude Samson and Chantilly, to the Italian ones.
Throughout Northern Italy, real masterpieces were created. The Piedmontese ones, in papier-mâché, were also unusual.
Still today they find great interest in the public but they are really rare to find, especially large ones and in a man and woman couple.
Completely intact with the naked eye and the infrared lamp. The magot has only been thoroughly cleaned, in fact, for porcelain, one cannot speak of patina (dirt that settles with the hundreds of years that some buyers want it to be present for example in antique wooden furniture) so once clean, it is as good as new. You can see the signs of aging and therefore the originality thanks to the patina on the bottom and inside and, sometimes and as in this case, the presence of small streaks along the entire surface.
Like all our items, it will be accompanied by a certificate of guarantee and authenticity.
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