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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 117

    A GRISAILLE EUROPEAN SUBJECT TEABOWL AND SAUCER

    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    A GRISAILLE EUROPEAN SUBJECT TEABOWL AND SAUCER
    CIRCA 1750
    Decorated with Le Sacrifice de Cochon in tones of grisaille enriched in gilt, floral strapwork borders
    4¾ in. (12 cm.) diameter, the saucer (2)


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    Depicting the traditional autumn slaughter of a pig, a ritual that originated as an offering to Ceres before the harvest. Hervouet and Bruneau, op. cit., p. 85, illustrate another saucer in this pattern; another teabowl and saucer, from the collection of J. Louis Binder, were offered Sotheby's London, 17 June 2003.