A small Chinese blue-and-white washer Qianlong four-character mark, Late Qing or Republic period

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Lot 270
A small Chinese blue-and-white washer
Qianlong four-character mark, Late Qing or Republic period

AU$ 800 - 1,200US$ 550 - 830
A small Chinese blue-and-white washer
Qianlong four-character mark, Late Qing or Republic period
with inverted and curved rim, painted with fish amongst water plants, the rim with 'ruyi' border, the unglazed foot rim recessed, the mark to a central glazed recess,
9.1cm diam., 2.5cm high

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  • 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.

    晚清或民國 青花魚藻紋小洗 乾隆四字撰述款

    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。
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