A small Chinese blue-and-white wine cup Xuantong eight-character studio mark and of the period, 1910

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Lot 269
A small Chinese blue-and-white wine cup
Xuantong eight-character studio mark and of the period, 1910

Sold for AU$ 1,220 (US$ 835) inc. premium
A small Chinese blue-and-white wine cup
Xuantong eight-character studio mark and of the period, 1910
with no foot rim, the exterior painted with eight individual flower sprays between two borders, the mark translated as 'Xuantong gengxu (1910) year, made for the Hall of Appropriate Spring',
7.9cm diam., 2.8cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired in Shanghai, between 1950-1956
    Arthur Stewart Briggs collection
    Private collection Queensland

    Arthur Stewart Briggs was employed by Lord William Vestey and his brother Sir Edmund Vestey to manage their business operations in the Far East. Briggs worked for the Vestey Brothers and lived in Shanghai between 1950-1956. During his stay in China, Briggs was acquainted with high ranking officials including Chairman Mao himself. He received many gifts of Chinese furniture, porcelain, ivory, snuff bottle and carpet from a wealthy family friend, where most of them were confiscated by the Chinese government before he left China in 1956.

    Note:
    For a cup with identical design and mark, see Lot 65, Wilson, Ming (1998) Rare Marks on Chinese Ceramics: a joint exhibition from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, 19 November 1998 to 28 May 1999, London, P.150 - 151.
    According to Wilson, Yichun Tang (Hall of Appropriate Spring) was the studio name of Liu Shiheng (1875 - 1937), whose father was assistant to Li Hongzhang (1823 - 1901), one of the most influential ministers of the 19th-century China. An unofficial history describes Liu Shiheng as an ardent collector of antiques. During the Xuantong reign, he placed two orders for porcelain - one in 1909 and the other in 1910, thus objects with Yichun Tang mark have either the cyclical year jiyou or gengxu to them. Based on published material all Yichun Tang pieces are blue and white wares.

    清宣統二年 青花花卉紋臥足小盞 '宣統庚戌宜春堂制'青花紀年堂名款

    來源:
    1950至1956年間購自上海
    Arthur Stewart Briggs 私藏
    昆省私人收藏

    Arthur Stewart Briggs 於1950至1956年間受聘於 Lord William Vestey 及其兄 Sir Edmund Vestey,在上海助其管理家族在遠東的事業。其間多與國共雙方高層來往交好,其後人至今留有其與毛澤東合影。Briggs 當年與社會名流禮尚往來,獲贈中國家具、瓷器、象牙、鼻煙壺及地毯等,其中絕大部分在其離境前被政府扣留。

    註:
    1998年至99年英國大維德美術館及維多利亞博物館聯合舉辦的'堂名款瓷器'展覽中有一相同器物,見該展圖錄展品65號,Wilson, Ming (1998) Rare Marks on Chinese Ceramics: a joint exhibition from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, 19 November 1998 to 28 May 1999, London, P.150 - 151.
    據Wilson的研究,宜春堂乃清末民初劉世珩(1875 - 1937)的堂名。劉父瑞芬是晚清權臣李鴻章的副手。劉世珩於宣統元年及二年均有訂燒'宜春堂'款瓷器,是以有'宣統乙酉'或'宣統庚戌'紀年,皆青花。
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A small Chinese blue-and-white wine cup Xuantong eight-character studio mark and of the period, 1910
A small Chinese blue-and-white wine cup Xuantong eight-character studio mark and of the period, 1910
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