Turquoise Temple Cats, Chinese, late-19C/early-20C, porcelain, 9 3/4 inches, the largest.
Popular in some Chinese traditions, temple cats are believed to be good luck symbols. Although the Chinese have produced blue and turquoise glazes for hundreds of years, the color and style of these temple cats likely dates them to the late 19th or early 20th Century. They were typically made in pairs, created in mirror image. The richly colored cats are modeled seated with eyes detailed in black. This pair stylishly guards a fireplace mantle in the manor house ballroom.