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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 272

    A MASSIVE BLUE AND WHITE FIVE-PIECE GARNITURE

    KANGXI (1662-1722)

    Price Realised  

    A MASSIVE BLUE AND WHITE FIVE-PIECE GARNITURE
    KANGXI (1662-1722)
    Comprising three baluster jars and covers and two beaker vases, each vase moulded with bands of overlapping petal-shaped panels painted with two birds in flight above tree peony growing beside rockwork, the domed covers painted with similar panels below the large bud-shaped finial, of which the upper part is unglazed and painted in gilt, the base of each beaker vase with an encircled leaf mark
    One baluster jar and cover 32 in. (81.2 cm.), other two 30 in. (76 cm.) high.
    The beaker vases 24¾ in. (62.8 cm.) high (5)


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    Like so many forms in export porcelain, five-piece garnitures derive from a purely Chinese archetype. Chinese altar garnitures, made for use in both temples and homes (and metalwork as often as ceramic), were by long tradition comprised of a central incense burner flanked by a pair of pricket candlesticks and a pair of beaker vases. Western traders adopted this general scheme for a purely decorative, non-religious purpose. As A. du Boulay states in Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics 'The sets of five were the ideal number for the European chimneypiece or the large Dutch cupboard.' A set of this grand scale was obviously intended for a very important house, where they may have stood on the floor of the hall or in front of the fireplace in summer as easily as on top of a sideboard or massive bookcase. Another blue and white garniture of this massive size was sold in our New York Rooms, 23 January 2001, lot 13.

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    Provenance

    Anon. sale; Christie's London, 15 November 2000, lot 241.
    With Michael Hogg Ltd.
    With The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY