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    Incredible Collection of 1790s Chinese Export Porcelain Thirty-eight pieces of this highly collectable china, which have been in one collection since the early 1900s. The entire group was loaned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for exhibition in the 1920s, and each has their accession information neatly lettered on the bottom of each piece. These Federal-style pieces, each with an American eagle, were part of a body of such designs crafted in China for the American market. They are prized both by porcelain collectors and for their "period" decorative appeal. When one sees such items on the market, they are almost invariably cups and/or saucers. But the "hollow pieces" are extremely rare, and this group contains a remarkable representation. Most pieces are in excellent condition, except as noted. All are unmolested, and the few minor imperfections could be easily addressed by any competent conservator of ceramics. The collection consists of: 1) 9.125" lidded coffee pot. This is one of only two pieces in the set that doesn't seem to be from the same service as the others. It is of a slightly different form than the other coffee pot, and has two additional wide decorative bands around the top and lid. Two chips on edge of lid, one crack by spout, and very light discoloration. 2) 9.625" lidded coffee pot in beautiful condition. 3) Massive 5.625" lidded tea pot. Couple very trivial fine hairlines on one side, and very slight discoloration. 4) 5.375" lidded, double-handled sugar bowl. 5) Two 5.375" lidded vinegar bottles, one of which seems to match the first coffee pot. 6) 8" bowl, 1.375" deep. One 1.5" crack in from edge. 7) 7.625" plate. 8) 6.25" shallow bowl. Two small pieces cleanly broken out at rim, and crudely glued back in place. One 1" hairline from rim. 9) Ten 5.5" saucers, all in beautiful condition. 10) Seven 2.625" cups with handles in beautiful condition. 11) Two more such cups, each with one trivial hairline and one handle that has come loose from aged glue. 12) Eight handle-less cups in beautiful condition. Each 3.375" in diameter and 1.75" tall. 13) Two more such cups, one with two trivial small hairlines, and one which was broken into several clean pieces and amateurishly glued back together (no porcelain material missing). The consignor toyed with separating these because of the extreme demand for the "hollow" pieces. However, in the final analysis it seemed to break up a collection which had been together so long. A tremendous opportunity for the serious dealer or collector of Chinese Export Porcelain.



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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