This tall, lovely pair of blanc de chine (literally white china in French) figurines portray a Chinese peasant couple, their bodies bent and their faces etched with age. The statues are of hollow construction which is one characteristic of true blanc de chine; they are thickly potted and feel heavy despite being hollow. Another trait is the unglazed base; the cracks in them are caused during the firing due to the thickness of the walls and are a sign of age, not a defect.
The clay used is very fine and silky to the touch on the interior. The glaze is high gloss and shows some crazing. In photograph #5, you can see the impressed mark that is on each bottom; it resembles a capital letter 'A' with a capital letter 'T' superimposed over it--or perhaps it's the reverse.
Each of the figures are 13 1/4 inches tall; the bases are slightly oval in shape and measure about 4 inches by 4 1/4 inches. At the widest point across, the man is about 5 inches and the woman 6 inches. Each weighs about 2 3/4 pounds. Other than a tiny firing fissure in the glaze on the bottom edge of the female statue (shown), these statues are in outstanding condition.
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