A blue and white garlic-head vase Qianlong seal mark, 19th century
Lot 48
A blue and white garlic-head vase Qianlong seal mark, 19th century
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 19,419) inc. premium

Lot Details
A blue and white garlic-head vase Qianlong seal mark, 19th century A blue and white garlic-head vase Qianlong seal mark, 19th century
A blue and white garlic-head vase
Qianlong seal mark, 19th century
The gently rounded body painted in exceptionally vivid blue of bright violet tone with three fruiting leafy sprays alternating with three floral sprays, between stiff lappets and ruyi-head bands, the slightly-splayed foot with foaming waves and the garlic-head mouth with five blossoms on a leafy meander beneath a band of key-fret.
29.5cm (11 5/8in) high

Footnotes

  • 十九世紀 青花花果紋蒜頭瓶 青花「大清乾隆年製」篆書款

    Provenance: Arthur John Chanin (1914-1996), according to the family acquired in the 1950s-60s, and thence by descent

    來源:Arthur John Chanin (1914-1996),根據家族說法,此拍品購於1950至60年代,並由家族繼承下去

    The Chanin collection of oriental ceramics was assembled during the 1950s-60s by British-born Philippine resident Arthur John Chanin (1914-1996).

    Born in Manchester, Chanin began his working life as a loss adjuster with Lloyds of London. In the mid-1930s, he arrived in the Philippines where he spent most of his working life. During the Second World War he was interned in the Universidad de Santo Tomás, Manila.

    In 1946, he incorporated the Domestic Insurance Company of the Philippines, the first non-life company to be licensed after liberation. He expanded into all types of insurance adjustment work and became prominent in the field of appraisal and quantity surveying.

    He was active in the post-war reconstruction and development of the country to which he was deeply tied. He married in Manila, and his first child was born there in 1950. In 1956, he co-founded The Asian Appraisal Company, Inc., an offshoot of American Appraisal, an independent, employee-owned consulting firm established in America in 1896. As Managing Director of The Asian Appraisal Group, he built professional services across south-east Asia. He established offices for Asian Appraisal in Manila, Hongkong and Singapore, as well as services in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Djakarta, and Kota Kinabalu. He became a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers, and a member of the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioners, London.

    During this time he began collecting Orientalia, particularly ceramics. During the 1960s he took great interest in the archaeological excavations in the region, particularly in excavations that were supervised by the National Museum of the Philippines. Ceramics unearthed by these excavations, which included porcelain from China dating from the 12th and 13th centuries AD, revealed the extensive trade networks that existed and the connections these made between people in the region. He was often present at the excavations, which he supported; he was a member of the Institute of Philippine Culture, the Philippine Book Guild, and took great interest in south-east Asian history, its origins and its ceramics. He enjoyed living with the items that he collected, in Manila and in Hong Kong from, among others, S. H. Chan and Kowloon's P.C. Lu Works of Art.
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