Description & Technical information

European Market
from the Golden Gate Collection

Price:  £3,400

A Chinese export porcelain figure of a Hehe Erxian/Liu Hai group, with two figures seated on a rock, a three-legged toad between them, in bright famille rose enamels.

This shows the two laughing boys known as hehe erxian or the Twin Immortals of Harmony. They are the patron deities of Chinese merchants, particularly of Chinese potters, and in paintings they often accompany Caishen, God of Wealth. So in this case the boy on the left has a string of cash by his head and a lotus flower, and is also an emboidment of the Immortal Liu Hai. The boy on the right has a basket containing cash.  The three-legged money toad, jin chan, is below them on the rock base to complete the symbolism.

References: Litzenburg 2003, p215, a similar example; Sargent 1991, No 25 a famille verte biscuit porcelain group of the twins.

This item is currently located in the USA and may be subject to additional shipping and import charges if shipped outside the USA. However, this also means it is NOT subject to any tariffs on Chinese-made goods entering the USA.

Date:  circa 1790
Period:  Qianlong period
Origin:  China
Medium: Porcelain famille rose
Dimensions: 21 cm (8¹/₄ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art