A Chinese Dehua “Romance of the three Kingdoms” group. Kangxi
Well modeled depicting a young soldier, Lü Bu, reuniting with the beautiful Daio Chan while being observed by the jealous warlord, Dong Zhuo, peering at the amorous couple from behind a floor screen, all supported on a pedestal base.
- Chine (Dehua)
- Period :
- Kangxi (1662-1722)
- 3.93 in. / 2.55 in. / 3.54 in. (10 cm / 6.5 cm / 9 cm)
- Reference :
P.J. Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, NY, 1969, p. 105b. (for a very similar group)
Another group is in the collection of the British Museum (Franks.676).
Also known as “Peeping Tom” group, the present model portrays a well-known episode from the 14th century historical novel attributed to Lui Guangzhong involving a fictional love triangle an the downfall of the tyrannical warlord, Dong Zhuo. Images of romantic assignations, taken from novels and plays, were popular during the 17th century appearing in prints, painted on porcelains, and it seems a natural evolution that the resourceful artisans of Dehua would produce delightful three-dimensional interpretations of these charming scenes.