6 November 2007
A FAMILLE NOIRE TEABOWL AND MARRIED SAUCER
The teabowl enamelled in the interior with birds, insects, flowers and rockwork in petal-shaped lappets around a central flower-head medallion, all reserved on a tomato-red ground, the exterior with birds and prunus on a black ground, the saucer with similar lappets and medallion reserved on a yellow ground, the underside with four prunus branches on a black ground, both with underglaze blue lingzhi marks within double circles
saucer 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm.) diam. (2)
The Hon. Mrs. Nellie Ionides, no. 119, and by descent to the present owner.
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R. L. Hobson, The Later Ceramic Ware of China, London, 1925, pl. XXXVIII, as the property of Mrs. Walter Levy, who became Mrs. Ionides when she later married The Hon. Mr. Basil Ionides.
A very similar teabowl and saucer from the Hon. Mrs. Walter Levy Collection is illustrated by R. L. Hobson, The Later Ceramic Wares of China, London, 1925, pl. XXXVIII.
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Please note this is the actual teabowl and saucer illustrated by Hobson, The Later Ceramic Ware of China. Mrs. Walter Levy became Mrs. Ionides when she married The Hon. Mr. Basil Ionides.
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