• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2845

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    23 - 24 March 2010, Amsterdam

  • Lot 130

    A Chinese rose-Imari 'Provinces' barber's basin

    CIRCA 1720

    Price Realised  


    A Chinese rose-Imari 'Provinces' barber's basin
    Circa 1720
    The centre painted with the coat-of-arms of Groningen, flanked by pink, iron-red and gilt flowering peony and butterflies, surrounded at the rim by shaped panels of flowers reserved on an underglaze-blue ground reserved with iron-red flowers, pierced for hanging, restorations to rim
    26.4 cm. diam.

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    At least five series of dishes, plates and barber's basins were made in the 1720's depicting the arms of Holland, England, France, Luxembourg, and numerous Dutch and Flemish provinces and cities. Twenty-three different arms appear to be recorded, although there is no documentary evidence to prove that each series comprised quite as many different examples, and judging by the spelling of the names, it is likely they were made to Dutch order. For a discussion on these series, see C. Le Corbeilller, China Trade Porcelain: Patterns of Exchange, New York, 1974, pp. 38 and 39.
    One of the series is decorated in the famille verte palette, two in the verte-Imari palette, one in rose-verte, and, as in the present example, one in the rose-Imari palette, although this series would appear to be primarily barber's bowls. The shapes of the other series vary from small moulded dishes to large chargers of circa 47 cm. diam. and to barber's bowls.

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