A pair of Chinese export turquoise glazed porcelain spotted hounds
Kangxi period 1662-1722 AD, China
清朝, 18世纪, 中國
Height: 19.5 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
The hounds sit on their haunches, similarly enamelled in an all-over mottled turquoise, with scattered brown-coloured manganese spots in a variety of shapes and sizes. One dog looks to the left, and the other to the right, forming a mirrored pair. Both dogs look down, with bulging eyes featuring enlarged black pupils, and alert ears that are naturalistically animated. The open mouth reveals individually incised teeth, which surround a separately crafted, light pink tongue. The elongated body is held erect by two straight front legs, each paw is detailed with white claws, and the protruding spine curves slights, revealing prominent ribs, characteristics of the Kangxi period. The back legs and tail, while denoted, fit smoothly into the shape of the body, which comprises a hollow base.