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    Sale 5336

    Chinese Art

    7 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 16

    A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE 'JESUIT' BALUSTER VASE, LATE 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE 'JESUIT' BALUSTER VASE, LATE 17TH CENTURY
    painted on either side with a roundel containing a stylised Jesuit cross amidst a ground of scattered flower sprays and butterflies -- 4 1/8in. (10.4cm.) high, wood stand.


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    The motif depicted on this jar represents 'The Society of Jesus' (see N. de Castro, Chinese Porcelain and the Heraldry of the Empire, 1988, p. 41. A very similar jar with cover was in the Mottahedeh collection, illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. I, no. 12, p. 57, where the authors explain that these jars were probably ordered through the Portuguese at Macao by the Jesuit mission. A similar jar is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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    Provenance

    John Laycock Collection, Singapore