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Ceramic vessel

Ceramic vessel

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Wine ewer of porcelain. Made in China, Ming Dynasty, 15th century.

h: 12 3/4 in; base: 4 3/8 in; gt diam: 8 in

Anon., Sotheby’s, 23 January 1947, lot 73, purchased by Moss, £75; Frank Partridge & Sons; from whom purchased by Sir William Burrell, £85; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1947.

Printed sources
Sotheby & Co., 23 January 1947, Catalogue of fine Chinese ceramics, jades, etc. comprising property of the late E.L. Paget, Esq., Rt. Hon. Earl Castle Stewart, and others. Property of a Gentleman: Lot 73.

Manuscript sources
Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., Sale Book 15/29, stock no.36743.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1947(1), p.5: ‘An early wine ewer, inspired by a metal prototype with pear shape body, scroll handle and curved spout, decorated in underglaze copper red with barbed medallions of scrolling lotus on a foliate ground. False gadroons at the base. Narrow floral band round the shoulders and stiff leaves at the neck. 15th century. 13" high’.

38_455, ceramics, porcelain, wine ewers

Auction house, Sotheby & Co.
Dealer, Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd
Dealer, Sydney L. Moss

Sold by Frank Partridge & Sons 1947.

Ming, 1368-1644

Image appears in the following essays:
From Collector To Connoisseur: Sir William Burrell and Chinese Art, 1911-57, by Nick Pearce

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