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    Sale 2818

    EUROPEAN NOBLE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 499

    A Chinese verte-imari 'the Bird-Catcher' teapot and cover

    CIRCA 1735

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    A Chinese verte-imari 'the Bird-Catcher' teapot and cover
    Circa 1735
    Of compressed globular form, decorated primarily in iron-red and gilt with details picked out in blue, green and aubergine enamels, with a European gentleman and a lady seated on a terrace with an open bird-cage, the gentleman holding a bird, two birds flying above and a fourth in the foreground, grazed chip to cover, some rubbing to gilt
    9 cm. high


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    According to Howard and Ayers the design on this teapot was copied from a European orginal by Pater and is commonly known as 'The Bird Seller', although the meaning of the image is more allegorical.
    See Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 90, fig. 4.26 for a teabowl and saucer of this design.

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