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Chinese lion dog


Inscription: Inscription in Chinese characters is incised inside the neck, hidden from view when the neck is screwed on. Translated it reads South Stone Hall, a reference perhaps to a temple / location.

Museum number: X1333

On display: Basement South Passage
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Curatorial note

Ceramic 'foo' dog, probably made in Canton, 19th or 20th century

Purchased at auction in 2010 so that the arrangement within the opening to the Basement South Passage Recess could be restored (acquired as a replacement for the lost M210, missing by 1906, which was a pair to M211). This one is of an identical pattern to M211 but more modern and slightly smaller so not an exact match, but almost identical and fortunately, facing proper left to make up the pair.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Neal Sons and Fletcher, 26th May 2010, Lot no 225.


Sir John Soane's Museum Newsletter, Summer 2010 (Soane Archives)

Associated items

M211, another similar

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