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Catalog Number R1967.1.296.1
Object Name Vase
Description Vase in the form of a recumbent dog with head turned to one side, supporting a saddle-mounted candle holder on its back; decorated in polychrome enamels.

Probably inspired by European models, figures of recumbent dogs were popular in the export trade from the second half of the eighteenth century. The figure shown here might copy an earlier example that lacked the trumpet-shaped holder.

Howard and Ayers illustrate a reclining elephant with a similar holder, and Sargent exhibits a standing pair with vases mounted on their saddles.

While such figures were clearly made for export, the motif of an animal bearing a candle holder or vase is Chinese in origin.
Year Range from 1790
Year Range to 1800
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View No