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Catalog Number R1967.1.353
Object Name Figurine
Description 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
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Dehua, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View No