A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE 'PRONK HANDWASHING' CISTERN AND COVER
A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE 'PRONK HANDWASHING' CISTERN AND COVER
A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE 'PRONK HANDWASHING' CISTERN AND COVER
A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE 'PRONK HANDWASHING' CISTERN AND COVER
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A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE 'PRONK HANDWASHING' CISTERN AND COVER

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795), CIRCA 1738

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A CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE 'PRONK HANDWASHING' CISTERN AND COVER
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795), CIRCA 1738
Of baluster form, finely enameled front and back with a scene of ladies washing their hands, a pheasant flying above and a snake writhing in the grasses below, the sides with large flowering branches, drilled at the base for a spout
20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm.) high, overall

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For another famille rose example of this rare model as well as an engraving by Pieter le Normant (1674-1742) incorporating this cistern into an 18th-century interior, see W.R. Sargent, Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, 2012, cat. no. 150, pp. 286-288. For an example in blue and white, see D. Howard and J. Ayers, China for the West. Chinese Porcelain and other Decorative Arts for Export illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection, London, 1978, I, p. 295.

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