Lot 4128
  • 4128

A RARE CHINESE EXPORT PRESENTATION PUNCH BOWL AND TWO PUNCH JUGS AND COVERS CIRCA 1830

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
Sold
75,000 USD
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Description

  • ceramics
  • diameter of bowl 16 1/8  in.; 41 cm
the bowl finely painted in grisaille on the front with a ship under construction, the reverse with the gilt monogram H E, flanked by colorful enameled flower sprays, all beneath an iron-red-ground tooled gilt-floral border, the interior unusually decorated with large iron-red and gold carp; the jugs each decorated en suite with the monogram and flower sprays. 

Provenance

Henry Eckford (1775-1832) by descent to Elizabeth I Richardson (1904-2000), Providence, Rhode Island, to her nephew, Alanson B. Houghton II (1930-2016).

Literature

Jean McClure Mudge, Chinese Export Porcelain for the American Trade, New York, 1962, pp. 184 and p. 193, figure 133 (punch bowl)

Catalogue Note

Henry Eckford was an American shipbuilder and naval architect who came to prominence for his shipbuilding skills during the War of 1812. Born in Scotland, he emigrated to Canada in 1791, and completed his shipbuilding apprenticeship in 1796 at the age of 21, when he moved to New York City. He opened his own shipyard in Brooklyn in 1800, and in 1812 offered his services to the US Navy. After the war ended in 1815 he worked again in Brooklyn before becoming embroiled in Tammany Hall political scandal in the late 1820s. In 1831 he sailed to Turkey and was hired by the Turkish government to build ships for the Ottoman Navy, a career which came to a sudden end with his death, from cholera in November 1832. 

The present bowl and jugs have descended in the Eckford family and are said to have been presented to Henry Eckford by the Turkish government, though the style of decoration might also support a slightly earlier dating.

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