Provenance: Acquired by Maurice Chayet, during his tenure as first secretary of the French embassy Beijing, China, from 1920 to 1930. Thence by descent in the Chayet family. A picture of Chayet’s residence in Beijing shows the present ewer. During his stay in China, Chayet built a significant collection of Chinese porcelain, extending from the early Ming to the mid Qing dynasties. Two original images of Chayet’s residence, dating from ca. 1920-1925 and displaying parts of his vast collection, including the image with the present ewer, will be handed to the winning bidder. Chayet later became the French Ambassador to Haiti (1945-1950) and to Paraguay (1953-1957), where expanded his collection, again completely focusing on local works of art. By repute, the Chayet family has donated extensively to Museums both in France and abroad.
Condition: Superb condition with a small glaze abrasion only to the knob of the lid and some minor fritting to edge of lid. The ewer itself is in perfect condition with only two small firing cracks to base and one to the handle. Some kiln grit to the sprout. Minuscule firing imperfections.
Weight: 2013.8 grams.
Dimensions: Height 29 cm.
Depicting a lobed quatrefoil panel, one containing two peaches, the other a berried branch, all divided by upright sprays of tree peony, the lower part of the trumpet neck with a wide band of scrolling lotus beneath overlapping petals. The lid with lingzhi, peony and peaches.
尺寸： 高29 厘米