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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 180

    A PAIR OF CHINESE IMARI BOTANICAL WINE COOLERS

    MID 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF CHINESE IMARI BOTANICAL WINE COOLERS
    MID 18TH CENTURY
    Of rocaille form after a Marieberg original with elaborate gnarled branch handles, painted front and back in the manner of Maria Sibylla Merian with caterpillars crawling on exotic blooms as a butterfly hovers nearby, all on a field of iron-red and gilt flowers, the rims with garlands
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high (2)


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    See J. G. Phillips, China Trade Porcelain, Cambridge, 1956, pp. 157-8, fig. 51, where he illustrates the Marieberg ceramic prototype for this porcelain model, and a Chinese equivalent, which is very close to the present lot in shape. The Swedish jardinère was made between 1758-1766, at the factory near Stockholm. It is one of a number of Marieberg faience shapes that reappear closely imitated in Chinese export porcelain, clearly intended initially for the Swedish market.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 7 November 1994, lot 206.