A CHINESE EXPORT 'ROCKEFELLER' PATTERN PART DINNER SERVICE, QING DYNASTY, JIAQING PERIOD, CIRCA 1810 | 清嘉慶 約1810年 粉彩描金「洛克菲勒」紋餐具一組
Property from the Estate of Susan S. Dillon
A CHINESE EXPORT 'ROCKEFELLER' PATTERN PART DINNER SERVICE
QING DYNASTY, JIAQING PERIOD, CIRCA 1810
清嘉慶 約1810年 粉彩描金「洛克菲勒」紋餐具一組
each piece finely painted in the center with a different scene of Chinese figures at various pursuits within borders of sepia scalework on a gold filigree ground reserved with shaped bird and landscape cartouches, comprising an oval tureen, cover and stand, two rectangular vegetable dishes and covers, two sauce boats, two oval sauce tureen stands, eight soup plates, eleven plates, fourteen dessert plates, six small plates and a small bowl. 51 pieces.
length of tureen stand 14¾ in.; 37.5 cm
The majority of pieces in the service is in good condition, except the following: One side plate with a star crack at the rim, and another with glaze lines across the central decoration. One soup plate with a rim chip, another with multiple glaze cracks to the base, two plates with a glaze line to the base, one plate with a rim chip, one plate with a short glaze line at the rim, one plate with a hairline in the center, one plate with a restored hairline to the center with overpaint, one plate with a star crack to the base. Overall pieces with varying degrees of rubbing to gilding and minor wear to the surface, and minor firing imperfections including minor fritting to some of the pieces.
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.
The present elaborately decorated part dinner service was originally part of a much larger service, with each individual piece painted in the center with a different scene depicting Chinese figures. Previously known as 'Palace ware', though with no particular connection to the Chinese Imperial Palace, the term was largely replaced by 'Rockefeller Pattern' in the 20th century due to several members of the Rockefeller family owning examples from the service. These members famously include John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his sons, Nelson A. Rockefeller and David Rockefeller. Approximately forty pieces from the estate of Nelson Rockefeller were sold in these rooms, November 20th, 1980, lots 565-582. David, along with his wife Peggy, acquired a large portion of the Rockefeller service from John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s estate, and first sold thirty-three pieces in these rooms, October 14th, 1993, lots 79-92. Another 168 pieces from their collection was sold at Christie's New York, May 9th, 2018, lot 161. One of the largest collections of the service, comprising 184 pieces, was originally in the collections of the Stirlings of Keir, probably since the early 19th century. These pieces were sold by Colonel William Stirling of Keir at Christie's London, December 5th, 1977, lot 324, and sold again at Christie's New York, April 28th, 2017, lot 18.