Pair of Chinese export porcelain seated hounds
18th century, China
Left: H25 cm x W18 cm (9.85 x 7.09 inches); Right: H26 cm x W18 cm (10.24 x 7.09 inches).
Each hound finely modelled, seated on their haunches, with the front legs strait, one looking to the right and the other to the left, their mouth open revealing teeth, each with a thin tail curved over their back legs. They are enamelled in iron-red, the hair work finely painted, against white patches and black eyes. Each wears a collar around the neck suspended with tassels painted in turquoise and a gilt bell above the chest.