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A Castiglione inspired Qianlong period bronze rat

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A Castiglione inspired Qianlong period bronze rat
A small bronze figure of a rat. Qianlong period ( 1736 - 1795 ) L : 9,4 cm. H : 6,3 cm. Condition : Perfect. The style of this small rat figure was clearly inspired by the rat head which was one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac created by the Italian Jesuit missionary Giuseppe Castiglione for the Qianlong Emperor in the mid-eighteenth century.( Please have a look at the last image ) They were originally part of a rococco clepsydra, or water clock. Though of Western design, the ensemble had been created for the Old Summer Palace near Beijing and was affixed to a pavilion inspired by Versailles.


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