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|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, 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|