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A rare pair of late 17th century Arita porcelain models of Cockerel, Hen & Chick on a tree stump, mounted upon French Rococo pierced ormolu bases


Arita ware, figural Kakiemon type, Hizen province, Japan

early Edo period (late 17th century)

Genroku era (1688-1703)

circa 1700


Each modelled with a large bushy tailed Bantam rooster with finely moulded feathers, picked out in black, green, red, aubergine and gilt enamels, a small hen roosting at his left side, a chick crouching beneath his right wing, all raised upon a moulded tree stump loosely and freely enamelled with splashes of black, green and aubergine washes. The porcelain Arita, Japan circa 1700.


Mounted in France on gilt-bronze (ormolu) bases in the Louis XV taste; the ormolu likely 18th century.


These Japanese models demonstrate the creative involvement of the Parisian merchants, as discussed in Carolyn Sargentson's Luxury Markets: The Marchants Merciers of the Eighteenth Century (1996); the combination of Japanese porcelain and French gilt bronze being an assemblage of distinct elements in the French merchants stock. Incorporating Japanese and Chinese porcelain models of animals and birds into luxurious Objets Montés was highly fashionable in early 18th century Paris. According to Sargentson, Japanese porcelain models were noted as considerably more valuable than Chinese models, and significantly rarer. Birds of prey and exotic parrots were among the most used models of birds, with cockerel being much less common, making the present pair much more unusual. 


The porcelain models measuring 14.5cm high (5-3/4 inches); including the ormolu mounts measuring 17.8cm high (7 inches)



A pair of late 17th C Arita models of Cockerel, Hen & Chick, French ormolu bases


    An identical pair of Arita Cockerel, Hen & Chick models, mounted on French ormolu bases and with scrolling foliate-cast candle branches, sold Christie's (New York) auction 19031 'The Collector' October 8, 2020, lot 8 for $32,500 USD.


    An identical model of Arita Cockerel, Hen & Chick model in the Collection of Dr. Toshio Noda (Tokyo, Japan) illustrated p.109, figure 123.


    An identical pair of Arita Cockerel, Hen & Chick models, offered at Bonhams (London) auction 'Fine Chinese Art' November 10, 2011, lot 686, as 'An unusual pair of small Japanese Arita cockerels & hens circa 1700'

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