• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1174

    A RARE PAINTED ENAMEL SPITTOON AND COVER

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    A RARE PAINTED ENAMEL SPITTOON AND COVER
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The bowl with sides tapering slightly up from the rounded edge of the base to the everted rim formed as eight petals, the sides, top of the rim and cover painted with butterflies hovering amidst various fruiting and flowering vines, while the underside of the rim is painted with four bats in flight amidst lotus scroll, all in famille rose colors on a stippled pale green ground
    5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm.) diam.


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    Compare the painted enamel covered spittoon of this type, painted with butterflies amidst flower sprigs illustrated by Chuimei Ho and Bennet Bronson in the exhibition catalogue, Splendors of China's Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong, The Field Museum, Chicago, 2004, p. 261, no. 337, where the authors note that spittoons of this type rarely survive outside the Palace.