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PROPERTY OF A LADY

A RARE AND LARGE CHINESE EXPORT 'BOTANICAL' CHARGER, QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG/ QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1735
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
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PROPERTY OF A LADY

A RARE AND LARGE CHINESE EXPORT 'BOTANICAL' CHARGER, QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG/ QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1735
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
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A RARE AND LARGE CHINESE EXPORT 'BOTANICAL' CHARGER, QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG/ QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1735
delicately and meticulously painted in the center with a butterfly hovering above a spray of blue iris and pink clematis with two crawling caterpillars, the rim decorated with a bold elaborate scrolling foliate border 
diameter 17 1/4 in.; 43.7 cm
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Catalogue Note

Perhaps one of the most recognizable examples of the botanical subject plates in Chinese export porcelain, the design of the present example was often attributed to Maria Sibylla Merian (1646-1717). A trained botanist with a father who was an engraver, Merian traveled to the Dutch West Indies in 1698 to collect specimens for her well-known illustrated book Histoire Generale des Insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe. However, this attribution was challenged by Christiaan J. A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Ming and Qing Dynasties, Amsterdam, 1997, cat. no. 334, where the author notes that no source print has been found yet from the collection of Merian's works. One example of the same size with later decoration was sold in these rooms, September 14, 1972, lot 261, previously in the Fonthill Heirlooms collection at Fonthill Abbey. A smaller example with the same decoration was in the Collection of Khalil Rizk, sold in these rooms, April 25, 2008, lot 131. Another example was sold at Christie's New York, January 18, 2017, lot 313. 

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