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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 115

    A RARE 'TRUMPETER' SAUCER

    CIRCA 1730

    Price Realised  

    A RARE 'TRUMPETER' SAUCER
    CIRCA 1730
    The lustrous black enamel ground painted with two Moorish musicians, one wearing feathered headdress and belted turquoise robe and playing a trumpet hung with a yellow banner, its edges ruffled in the breeze, the other in a yellow robe and red and white hat and blowing a French horn, all within gilt spearhead borders enclosed by gilt quatrefoil motifs
    4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) diameter


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    The highly unusual decoration of the 'Trumpeter' pattern has often been grouped with the Cornelis Pronk designs for the Dutch East India Co. on the basis of its stylistic detail and sophisticated conception, though no documentary evidence exists to suggest that it was an officially commissioned Pronk design. See D. Howard & J. Ayers, China For the West, London, 1978, vol. I, p. 305.

    For 'Trumpeter' tea pieces from the collection of Mary Viscountess Rothermere see Christie's New York, 16 April 1994, lots 30-32.