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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 262

    A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE MODEL OF A DUTCH SHIP

    CIRCA 1730

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    A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE MODEL OF A DUTCH SHIP
    CIRCA 1730
    With three large, brightly colored sails billowing in the wind as four long-haired Dutchmen wearing tricorn hats mill about on deck, the pagoda-like cabin with arched windows divided by six Chinese statues, the sides of the ship armed with twenty-two gun-ports, a Buddhistic lion as the mast-head, the bottom of the hull molded with faux waves, all set on four moveable porcelain wheels
    12¾ in. (32.3 cm.) high


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    No other famille rose ships appear to be recorded. Though combining both Chinese and Western details, the present vessel is clearly meant to be European, as evidenced by the long-haired gentlemen on board and the rigging of the sails. For small Chinese ships in biscuit-glazed verte enamels see Sargent, The Copeland Collection, pp. 76-78; an example with Westerners illustrated by du Boulay (Christie's Pictoral History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1984, p. 289) and sold Christie's, London, 13 July 1959 and again Christie's, New York, 14 October 1999, lot 21; the example in the von Klemperer Collection exhibited in "Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst", Berlin, 12 January - 2 April 1929; and the example with Westerners formerly from the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection sold Sotheby's, Monaco, 23 June 1986, lot 1054.

    By the 1730s a fashion for ship models as table centerpieces was well-established in Europe; examples in enamel and precious metals, sometimes quite large and elaborate, known as nefs, had been made since at least the early 17th century (see the parcel-gilt example circa 1620 sold Christie's, London, 11 July 2003, lot 158).

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 26-27 January 1973, lot 485.
    The Collection of Dr. Wesley Gallup.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 22 Janaury 1998, lot 61 and the back cover.


    Literature

    J. McClure Mudge, Chinese Export Porcelain in North America, New York, 1986, p. 150, no. 227.