A pair of Yixing ware pale blue glazed ducks

Qianlong period, 18th century, China

Length: 18cm 7.08 inches, Height on carved wood stands: 16cm 6.30 inches

The stone ware birds are modelled lying down with raised necks, the heads each turned to left and right respectively forming a true pair. The modelling is naturalistic and life like, the heads with a charming expression, the open beaks and the exposed feet have been left unglazed, the brown polished biscuit contrasting elegantly with the thick pale blue glaze.

Each duck rests on its own carved wood stand, the decoration simulating waves.

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