London, South Kensington
11 June 2004
A famille rose barrel-form box and cover, Guangxu six-character mark and of the period
decorated with a wrything dragon and a phoenix in flight among cloud scrolls and flames -- 11½in. (29.1cm.) high.
Archibald Orr-Ewing approached the China Inland Mission in 1884 for a post. After arriving in Shanghai in June 1886 he was appointed a post in Kiangsi in 1891. He built schools, sanitoria and homes while living a humble life. This piece is illustrated in the centre of the photograph showing the pieces of Chinese porcelain presented by the Kiangsi Christians on his departure from China.
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