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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 126

    A GRISAILLE AND GILT EUROPEAN SUBJECT TEAPOT STAND

    CIRCA 1740

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    A GRISAILLE AND GILT EUROPEAN SUBJECT TEAPOT STAND
    CIRCA 1740
    Showing a young man coming upon a sleeping beauty and her two dozing maidservants beneath gilt trees, the scalloped rim with band of floral scrollwork
    5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) diameter


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    This subject, long thought to be Christ encountering his sleeping disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, is actually after Ruben's Cimon and Iphigenia (1617-18), depicting Boccaccio's tale. Cimon was of noble birth, but lived coarsely until he happened upon the beautiful Iphigenia and her retinue sleeping beneath a tree. By the power of love he cleaned himself up and became a polished and learned courtier.