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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 345

    A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE 'JESUIT' JAR

    LATE 18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE 'JESUIT' JAR
    LATE 18TH/19TH CENTURY
    Of baluster form, decorated in cobalt-blue front and back with a sunburst medallion containing a mirror image of the Sacred Monogram of the Society of Jesus with the cross above and three nails below
    6 in. (15.2 cm.) high


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    Emblems of the Society of Jesus, founded in 1534, were among the very first Western motifs to appear on Chinese porcelains. Late Ming or Transitional period examples can be seen in the British Museum and in the Museum of Anastacio Goncalves, Lisbon. See M.A.P. de Matos, Chinese Export Porcelain, London, 1996, p. 138. For an example with the IHS in the correct order, see anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 25 January 2000, lot 47.