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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 271

    A RARE FAMILLE VERTE DRUG JAR

    CIRCA 1735

    Price Realised  

    A RARE FAMILLE VERTE DRUG JAR
    CIRCA 1735
    The albarello of typical form, enameled front and back with a heart-shaped panel pierced by arrows and surmounted by a prelate's hat suspending swags of rope, flanked by large red blooms and butterflies
    8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high


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    The interior of the heart shape was intentionally left blank so the apothecary could fill in what type of drug or powder it contained. This 'sacred heart' as well as the prelate's hat suggest that the jar was most likely made for use in a monastery or convent. For a nearly identical example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, see J.M. Mudge, Chinese Export Porcelain in North America, New York, 1986, p. 51, no. 58.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 8 December 1964, lot 102.
    The Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 351.


    Literature

    Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 156, no. 100.
    Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. II, p. 560, no. 578.


    Exhibited

    Virginia Museum, 1981-82.