A Miniature Kangxi Blanc de Chine Porcelain Monkey Topped Seal c.1680-1710. The Female Monkey is Crisply Moulded.
Condition: In good condition, a very thin, 1 mm or less, triangular slither missing from the corner of the base c.5 x 5 mm. Two minute glaze chips to the sharp sides of the seal c.2 x 1 mm and the other c.1 x 1mm.
Size: Height : 3.5 cm (1 3/8 inches)
Provenance:Robert McPherson Antiques or R & G McPherson Antiques
A Private English Collection of Blanc de Chine porcelain.
References:For similar seal from Hinkley in the Collection See : Blanc de Chine Porcelain from Dehua (Rose Kerr and John Ayers, Art Media Resources Ltd, 2000. Item 63).
For another similar blanc de chine example see : Blanc de Chine (P.J. Donnelly, Faber and Faber, 1969) Illustration 67.
For a further blanc de chine seal with a monkey on top see our `Sold Items` number 17292.
Blanc de Chine seals can be found left as blanks, moulded or engraved.
Monkey / Hou :
Like some many Chinese symbols the Monkey Hou is related to its meaning by word association. Hou is written and pronounced in the same way as the word for a high ranking noble, similar to a Marquis in the West. As a result monkeys are symbol of high rank, they are often shown carrying a peach to symbolise longevity. The monkey is also one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac