21 January 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 6,000
A RARE FAMILLE ROSE TEA-PROCESSING PLATE
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.
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.