Blanc-de-Chine figure upon a rectangular base, wearing a tricorn hat and carrying a cylinder against his chest while riding a bridled horse.
Designed as toy whistles for the export trade, figures such as this depict Europeans standing, sitting, or sometimes riding animals or fantastic beasts. Some examples bear traces of red and black pigment, which was usually added in Holland to 'enhance' the model or to make it more saleable.
On the equestrian figure shown here, the cylinder is broken off at the cut made to sound the whistle. Most of the documented examples are similarly damaged due to the weakness of the porcelain at the point of the notched opening.
|Year Range from||1710|
|Year Range to||1725|
|Place of Origin||Made in Dehua, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer|