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    Sale 2130

    Chinese Export Porcelain

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 17

    A GROUP OF NINETEEN BLUE AND WHITE TILES

    KANGXI PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A GROUP OF NINETEEN BLUE AND WHITE TILES
    KANGXI PERIOD
    Comprising eighteen decorated in the spandrels with ribbon-tied auspicious emblems, three of these with a Chinese mother and son relaxing in a garden, the others with chrysanthemum growing beside grasses or birds amongst prunus boughs, the last tile with overall scene of a Chinese fisherman wading out to the basket he has left in a stream
    5¼ x 5¼ in. (13.3 x 13.3 cm.) each, approximately (19)


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    Blue and white tiles, which today we associate so strongly with Dutch interiors, are yet another innovation that appeared first in China, where tiles intended for architecture where made as early as the first quarter of the 15th century. See Xuande Imperial Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, Chang Foundation, 1998, p. 122.