A famille rose and Chinese Imari wall-mounted cistern and cover The cistern and cover 18th century, the basin Samson
Lot 97
A famille rose and Chinese Imari wall-mounted cistern and cover
The cistern and cover 18th century, the basin Samson
£12,000 - 15,000
US$ 16,000 - 20,000

Lot Details
A famille rose and Chinese Imari wall-mounted cistern and cover
The cistern and cover 18th century, the basin Samson
The cistern delicately enamelled with a gentleman and a lady conversing over a bolt of blue cloth, surrounded by a garden with a pavilion, rockwork and crane perching on a terrace wall under a pine tree in the Imari and gilt palette, all between stepped layers reaching up to a waisted neck supporting the cover with a terrace, rockwork and pines surmounted by a pine-shaped gilt finial, and a moulded lobed base with stylised flowers in columns supporting the gilt-bronze animal-head spout with ornate fish tap, the matched Samson basin similarly decorated with moulded petal-like forms with floral columns beneath stiff lappets with similar floral columns. The cistern and cover 48.8cm (19¼in) high, the basin 38.2cm (15in) wide (3).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Leo Hodroff, Minnesota
    The Benjamin Edwards Collection of Porcelain, Florida, sold at Christie's New York, 22 January 2003, lot 65.

    伊萬里粉彩庭景人物圖有蓋水槽及盆
    有蓋水槽 十八世紀, 盆 Samson

    來源:Leo Hodroff,明尼蘇達州
    佳士得,紐約,2003年1月22日,佛羅里達州The Benjamin Edwards Collection of Porcelain拍賣,拍賣品號65

    Compare a famille verte wall fountain and basin illustrated by W.R.Sargent, Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum, Yale, 2012, no.82, where the author notes that dining customs in wealthy seventeenth and early eighteenth century European homes required that a fountain and basin be placed in the dining area to permit guests to wash their hands between courses. Changes in dining habits meant that these pieces were no longer frequently used from the eighteenth century, such that while famille verte examples are found in many private collections, famille rose examples such as the present lot are far more rare.
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