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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 200

    A RARE FAMILLE ROSE TEA-PROCESSING PLATE

    CIRCA 1745

    Price Realised  

    A RARE FAMILLE ROSE TEA-PROCESSING PLATE
    CIRCA 1745
    Finely enameled in the center with an idealized scene of tea production, one lady on a ladder handing leaves down from a tree to her companions who hold baskets, other ladies inside a silver-roofed pavilion sorting the leaves into trays, one with a pair of gilt shears in her hand, the borders with gilt-edged riverscapes alternating with lovebirds in rose boughs
    9 in. (22.8 cm.) diameter


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    Westerners were fascinated with the exotic industries of China: silk cultivation, porcelain production and tea processing, but the subjects are found far more often in China trade watercolors than on porcelain.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 25 January 1989, lot 75, and illustrated on the cover of the catalogue.
    The Benjamin F. Edwards III Collection.