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Late 18th or early 19th C.

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  • Xupes Reference OR1206113
  • Age Late 18th or early 19th C.
  • Condition The carved figures are offered in original condition without repair. They have all suffered some degree of loss and wear through natural ageing but overall are a very presentable set of figures. One has lost the majority of its gilding. There are a few natural drying splits to some of the figures and with loss to some of the labeling. Please see our photographs to appreciate these fully and this is rare find for the discerning collector priced to sell!  View More Details



    Item is in unworn or unused condition and there are no visible imperfections.


    The item is in exceptional pre-owned condition and shows almost no signs of wear with very few imperfections.


    The item is in excellent pre-owned condition and shows minimal signs of wear with minor imperfections detailed in the condition report.

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    The item is in very good condition and shows one or two noticeable signs of wear or patina relative to its age.


    The item is in good pre-owned condition and shows some general signs of wear or patina relative to its age.


    The item is in fair pre-owned condition and shows overall wear or patina relative to its age.

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  • We offer this rare antique Chinese collection of ten carved wooden temple figures bought at auction in Hong Kong by Henry Lardner Dennys in the late 19th century. Henry Lardner Dennys was Crown Solicitor to Hong Kong and retired from this role in 1896. It was he who signed the lease papers for the British taking of Hong Kong. Also he drew up the paperwork aiding Dr Sir James Cantlie to obtain safe passage for his former pupil Sun Yat-Sen to Japan. Sun Yat-Sen is revered as the father of Chinese Communism and was being hounded by the Qing dynasty authorities in China for aiding Chinese peasants through social changes. The carved wooden figures are of various size and style and portray a range of figures from the young to the old. Eight figures are carved seated with one further figure of a young boy seated on a hobby horse. A further figure is carved standing. The figures are all decorated in coloured enamels with gilded decoration and several have facial hair attachments. Most of the figures have original paper labels attached and we believe that they date from the late 18th or early 19th century. A very rare collection with wonderful provenance!

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