THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A RARE CHINESE EXPORT BLUE AND WHITE 'TEA CULTIVATION' SAUCER DISH
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1740
painted in the center with a figure weighing tea leaves assisted by a second figure and a third figure on one side holding a basket, all within a rococo-style border with enlarged shell motifs,the base with numeral ‘17’ in underglaze-blue
diameter 9¼ in.
The rim with restoration and associated spray covering numerous chips and an approx.. 1 ¼ in. hairline at 12 o’clock. Overall with minor firing imperfections and minor surface wear.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
John M. Davis, Harwinton, Connecticut, 1996