23 January 2020
A BLUE AND WHITE 'MUSICIANS' DISH
KANGXI PERIOD, CIRCA 1700
Painted in bright tones of cobalt with three French court figures playing instruments in the open air, the lady wearing high headdress and décolleté gown, the gentlemen with long, curly wigs, all within petal-shaped panels of landscape
13 ½ in. (34.2 cm.) diameter
The Garland Collection, no. 236.
The Morgan Collection, no. 470.
An American private collection.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 21 January 2003, lot 256.
The Hodroff Collection; Christie's, New York, 21 January 2009, lot 168.
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Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 39, no. 4.
William R. Sargent, Chinese Porcelain in the Conde Collection, Madrid, 2014, p.209
One of the earliest European subject patterns made in China and based on a Nicholas Bonnart engraving titled Symphonie du tympanum, du luth et de la flute d'Allemagne, which bore a verse lauding the joys of music when all play on time, and noting how even sweeter it is when l'Amour conducts.
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