• European Noble and Private Col auction at Christies

    Sale 2835

    European Noble and Private Collections

    15 - 16 December 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 156

    A pair of Chinese export iron-red and gilt 'John the Baptist' dishes


    Price Realised  


    A pair of Chinese export iron-red and gilt 'John the Baptist' dishes
    Early 18th Century
    Enamelled and gilt at the centre with a biblical scene of the Baptism of Christ by St. John in the River Jordan beneath a dove in flight, the border with two sprays of composite fruit branches held at the top by an exotic bird and two putti holding ribbons at either side of the inscription Mat.3.16 below, some rubbing of the gilt, very faint hairline
    27.6 cm. diam. (2)

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    Similar dishes are illustrated by Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 263, fig. 11.14; by C. Le Corbeiller, China Trade Porcelain: Patterns of Exchange, New York, 1974, p. 70, fig. 32; and by M. Jourdain and R. Soame Jenyns, Chinese Export Art in the Eighteenth Century, 1950, p.;117, fig.87.

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