Parrot on rockwork base

Chinese export
about 1700-20


Height : 17 cm (6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain, enamel decoration

Not On View


Asia, Europe



One of a pair of parrots on a pierced rockwork base in biscuit porcelain decorated with different shades of green and feathers outlined in black. The beak and feet are also biscuit with a red tint, originally intended to be gilt. The pierced rockwork base is decorated with different tones of green, yellow, and brown. Attributed to the Jingdezhen period of Kangxi famille vert.


Paper labels on both: "Collection G. Ephis"


2006, sold by A. & J. Speelman Oriental Art (dealers), London, to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012)

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger