A pair of Chinese three-color glazed porcelain quail boxes
Molded as a recumbent facing pair, their feathers molded in light relief, outline in black, and picked out in yellow, green, and purple enamels while the interior surfaces display a layer of translucent turquoise enamel, the recessed bases are unglazed. The pair includes matching Hongmu wood stands.
In excellent, unused condition. This pair was stored in a climate-controlled cabinet.
Dimensions: 7in (17.5cm) W x 4" D x 4 1/2" H (with stand) each.
Consigned from a private collection. Acquired in 1995 in Hong Kong with a 50-100 years old estimate by the local trade association prior to the 2000s, when copies began to surface.
Reference: Bonhams & Freeman's