The Emperor of China

French
about 1775
Made at Sèvres Manufactory (France), Supervised by Simon-Louis Boizot (1743-1809), Possibly modeled by Josse-Francois-Joseph Le Riche (1741-1812)


Place of Manufacture: France

Dimensions

Height: 40.6 cm (16 in.)

Accession Number

2003.119

Medium or Technique

Bisque porcelain

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Possibly modeled by Josse-Francois-Joseph Le Riche, or Simon Boizot (director of the sculpture atelier from 1773-1780), after a watercolor portrait of the emperor by Giuseppe Panzi, an Italian Jesuit at the court of Qianlong. Figure with small beard and moustache wears a fur hat and long robe with fur collar, standing on a square base, incised “B”.

Markings

The cursive capital letter "B" is inscribed the top of the base in the proper left front corner. Also marked 17 [?]

Provenance

Sold, November 28, 1967, Wilfred A. Sainsbury , Sotheby & Co., London, lot 70; 1967, purchased by Antique Porcelain Company, New York. Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger; 2003; Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger, and John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund. [Accession Date: March 26, 2003]

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger, and John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund