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    Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 183

    A BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE-SPOUTED CRUET

    KANGXI (1662-1722)

    Price Realised  

    A BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE-SPOUTED CRUET
    KANGXI (1662-1722)
    The double-bodied vessel modelled as two conjoined pear-shaped vases with slender necks twisted to the left and right, painted in shades of cobalt blue on each side with a fruiting and flowering shrub, the flared foot and spouts with herringbone-pattern bands
    7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high


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    This copies a European glass form and was probably made for the Dutch market. There is an almost identical cruet in the Collection formed by Augustus the Strong in the Dresden Porcelain Collection, illustrated by Ulrich Pietsch, Meissener Porzellan und Seine Ostasiatischen Vorbilder, 1996, plate 34 (left), together with a Meissen version (right). Another is in the Princessehof Museum, Leeuwarden, illustrated by D. F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain - Chine de Commande, London, 1974, fig. 124. A variation on this form, with the necks twisted in the opposite direction, the bodies spirally fluted and the feet of hexafoil form may be found in other museum collections: in the Rijksmuseum, illustrated by C.J.A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1997, no. 293, p. 257; in the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, exhibited Chinese Export Porcelain, Hong Kong, 30 November 1989 - 27 February 1990, Catalogue no. 2, p. 50; and in the Chicago Art Institute (Archives of Asian Art XXVIII, 1974-75, p. 115. Another example of the fluted variety from the Mottahedeh Collection is illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol. I, no. 14, p. 59.

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