The Tale of the Kangaroo and the Dingo, 2014

A pair of white porcelain scent bottles with Xin Cai painting and 24ct gold foil on stoppers

Made by the artist in Jingdezhen, China

Height 14cm (5 1/2")
Width 20cm (7 7/8")
Depth 3cm (1 1/8")


Private Collection, The Netherlands, 2019


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In the year 1772 George Stubbs painted, ‘The Kongouro from New Holland’ and later he finished ‘Portrait of a Large Dog’ (dingo). In 2013 an attempt to purchase these two paintings by an Australian collector was foiled after David Attenborough led a campaign to keep the paintings in Britain. The portrait of the kangaroo is believed to be the first painting made of the animal. It was painted from an inflated skin or a stuffed animal as the first live kangaroos were landed in Liverpool by Captain Kent of the East India Company sometime later. Iconography Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids who accompanied Poseidon, the god of the sea. Poseidon vowed to punish her by chaining Andromeda to a rock while summoning the sea monster Cetus to devour her. Perseus heard of Andromeda’s plight and, using his winged helmet, flew down to rescue Andromeda from the clutches of the evil monster. With help from Pegasus he spirited away his true love. This myth is said to be the origin of the damsel and dragon tales. Stubbs’ ‘Horse Attacked by a Lion’, enamel on copper, was painted in 1769.

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