Magot

French
about 1740
Made at Chantilly Manufactory (France)


Dimensions

Overall: 25.5 x 22.6 x 12.3 cm (10 1/16 x 8 7/8 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1987

Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The seated figure of a Chinese man leans with his proper left hand on a hollow stump with stylized bark. His proper right hand, which is detachable is raised. His head is shaved and the eyes and ear lobes are unusually elongated. The detachable head is weighted with a strip of lead that inserts into the body, and two pins in the gilt-metal band at the base of the neck fit into slots in gadrooned gilt-metal collar. The figure is dressed in a robe tied at the waist with a rope belt and wears polygonal shoes.

Markings

none

Provenance

Probably with the Earl of Coventry [see note 1]. By 1944, J. P. Morgan, New York; January 8, 1944, sold by J. P. Morgan at Parke Bernet, New York, lot 492, and bought by Jas. A. Lewis & Son, New York, for Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection