Figure of a Chinese man

Figure of a Chinaman

Made by Chantilly Manufactory (France)

Object Place: France


Height: 27.9 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





White, nodding figure, standing beside a bowl formed of rockwork, his detachable head with turban-like top-knot and his flowing robes with cold-painted decoration in iron-red and traces of blue and green.

The head of this figure is a separate piece attached to the body with pins so that it “nods” when set in motion. The peculiar modeling of the figure, its odd proportions, and the flawed surface all reflect the experimental nature of early European porcelain. This figure, one of only three known, was probably inspired by a lost Chinese original.


raised hunting horn mark at back


July 2, 1984, anonymous sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, lot 22, to Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 2008), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger