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A VERY RARE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELED PAIR OF YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE VASES
A VERY RARE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELED PAIR OF YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE VASES
A VERY RARE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELED PAIR OF YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE VASES
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Nicholas Monsarrat, who originally acquired this rare pair of vases during the 1870s, was born in London, Ontario in 1839, of Irish and French heritage. He has been described as a "tall, distinguished-looking man with a fine mind and great executive ability." He attended the University of Toronto and became an attorney and barrister, but like other young men of the time he decided that he would have more of a future in America and moved here in his early 30s. This was the beginning of a period of enormous growth in the United States, much of it spurred by the expansion of railroads, and while first working in one of the banks of the financier Collis Huntington, Monsarrat learned about railroads, and saw this as his future. In 1872 he obtained his first position in the railroad business at the Paducah and Memphis Railroad. After resigning from this position in 1881 he continued to advance within the railroad business holding various positions at various railroads until in 1899 he was made president of the Hocking Valley Railroad as well as the Kanawah & Michigan Railroad, which was based in Columbus, Ohio. It was twelve miles outside of Columbus that Monsarrat created a 200 acre estate, Mount Air, where he and his wife, the former Corinne Blanche Henry whom he met in Kentucky during his early years in the railroad business, and six children lived, and where he enjoyed his collections of fine books, paintings and furniture. Mount Air was his retreat from the world of business, with its own railroad siding to accommodate his private railroad car that he would take from Columbus. Since the death of Nicholas Monsarrat in October 1910, the present pair of vases has remained in the family, and has been passed down through several generations. PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION
A VERY RARE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELED PAIR OF YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE VASES

JIAQING SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARKS IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)

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A VERY RARE AND SUPERBLY ENAMELED PAIR OF YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE VASES
JIAQING SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARKS IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)
Each vase is decorated with an allover design of flower scroll incorporating on two sides a large lotus suspended from a chime between an iron-red bat above and a pink bat below and on the other two sides with a pair of butterflies confronted above a gilt shou character repeated on each side of the neck in the center of lotus sprays between the pair of iron-red scroll handles. The interior and the base surrounding the nianhao is covered in deep turquoise enamel.
12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm.) high, wood stands
Provenance
Nicholas Monsarrat (1839-1910), Columbus, Ohio, acquired in the 1870s, and thence by descent within the family.
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Please note that the dimension of this lot should read: 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm.) high.

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No other pair of vases of this unusual shape, and with this decoration, appear to have been published. The type of formal decoration, that of a dense design of flower scroll incorporating auspicious symbols such as lotus, bats, shou characters and chimes, executed in rich famille rose enamels which are then enhanced by being showcased on a bright monochrome ground, is found on other vases and jars of Jiaqing date. A baluster jar and cover of Jiaqing date with related famille rose decoration, similarly arranged between decorative borders of petal lappets and ruyi heads on a yellow ground, is illustrated by Zhejiang Province Museum (ed.) in Jia You Bao Cang: zhe jiang min jian shou cang zhen pin da zhan te ji, Beijing, 2004, p. 98, and cover. See, also, the meiping of Jiaqing date in the Qing Court Collection illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 39 - Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 195, pl. 172, where the decoration is on a lime-green ground. All of these pieces also have a turquoise-enameled interior and base.

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