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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1872

    A FINE AND RARE VERY LARGE FAMILLE VERTE CHARGER

    Price Realised  

    A FINE AND RARE VERY LARGE FAMILLE VERTE CHARGER
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Exquisitely enamelled in green, blue, yellow, iron-red and gilt with shaped panels of exotic birds perched on flowering branches issuing from rockwork, interspersed by smaller panels of flowerheads and precious objects, radiating from a large central roundel containing a basket of flowers, all within a border of alternating panels containing qilong and stylised flowerheads
    25¼ in. (64 cm.) diam., box


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    Edgar Worch was born in Kassel, Germany. His uncle had already been a prominent dealer in Chinese art in Paris, where he resided until the outbreak of World War I, when all of his property was confiscated by the French. Edgar Worch subsequently moved to Germany, and following the end of the war, set up his own business in Chinese art in Berlin and soon became one of the world's leading dealers and connoisseurs in this field. He had already made several trips to China, Japan and the United States, where he met many of the world's leading collectors, museum directors and curators. Important works of Chinese art which he sold soon found their way into the foremost museums and private collections in both Europe and the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Musée Guimet, Paris, and the collections of Charles L. Freer, Mrs. Eugene Meyer and John D. Rockefeller III, to mention but a few.

    Provenance

    Edgar Worch
    John D. Rockefeller III, acquired December 1930


    Literature

    Chinese Ceramics, Volume II, Gakuji Hasebe and Seizo Hayashiya, The Mainichi Newspapers, Tokyo, 1971, pl. 125


    Exhibited

    'The Worch Collection', Fifty-Sixth Street Galleries, Inc., New York, 1930, catalogue no. 82