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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1886

    A COLLECTION OF ONE-HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE WATERCOLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE CERAMICS

    Price Realised  

    A COLLECTION OF ONE-HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE WATERCOLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE CERAMICS
    CIRCA 1900, COMMISSIONED BY CAPT. F BRINKLEY

    Comprising finely detailed coloured illustrations of Japanese and Chinese ceramics and reign marks including hand-written descriptions and notes by Capt. Brinkley and the accompanying typed manuscripts
    The majority 14 x 9½ in. (35.6 x 24.2 cm.) (157)


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    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 April 1992, lot 250.

    The watercolours were commissioned to accompany a number of catalogues including Chinese ceramics from The Catalogue of Hsiang (Xiang Yuanbian); Chinese Porcelains from the Collections of Dr. Bushell and Capt. Brinkley; Chinese Porcelains from the Iwasaki Collections (Japan); Japanese Porcelains from the Iwasaki Collection; Japanese Tea Bowls, Tea Cups, Tea Jars and Tea Pots from Collections Made by Capt. F Brinkley; and Japanese Pottery and Porcelain from Collections Made by Capt. F Brinkley.

    Capt. Francis Brinkley was born in Ireland in 1841. After graduating from the Royal Military Academy he moved to Hong Kong as adjutant of Hongkong Governor General, Richard Magnell. He then moved to Japan and eventually published and became editor of the Japan Mail and foreign correspondent for the London Times. Brinkley was a keen collector of both Chinese and Japanese ceramics. Part of his collection was donated to museums, some was sold at The American Art Galleries in 1893 where the two-day sale realised US$36,000. Much of his collection was burned down in the fires following the Great Earthquake and World War II.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN