Lot 1204 (Asian Art, 16th May 2018)
A pair of Chinese pale celadon jade chrysanthemum 'Lindsay' bowls,
Jiaqing (1796-1820), each with thin rounded sides carved as a radiating floral bloom with fluted petals, gently rising to an everted lobed rim, resting on a slightly flared petal-form foot, the thin translucent stone of pale celadon tone suffused with milky inclusions,
For a similar lot, see Sotheby's New York, Lot 335, 17-18 March 2015.
Sir Ronald and Lady Lindsay, British Ambassador to the United States;
Miss Irene Boyle OBE;
thence by family descent.
Sir Ronald Lindsay was appointed Ambassador to the United States in 1930. Both Sir Ronald and his wife were keen collectors of Chinese jades and, whilst working at the British Embassy in Washington, they found that their colleague, Miss Irene Boyle, shared this interest.
Miss Boyle was employed as Social Secretary at the Embassy and was pivotal in organising the State Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Washington in 1939 - the first-ever visit to the United States by a reigning monarch - and later, in 1957, helped to arrange the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip.
This mutual appreciation of Chinese art led to Sir Ronald and his wife gifting various pieces of their collection to Miss Boyle, including the bowls within this lot, which are pictured in the interior of her apartment, at 2500 Que Street, Washington DC, on a Christmas card sent around 1955. On her death in 1966, another of the Ambassador's gifts, a celebrated Chinese Ming period jade horse, was sold by Spink to Mr Somerset de Chair of St Osyth Priory for £27,000, a world record price at the time.
清嘉庆 青玉菊瓣碗 一对
Sold for £7,200
One with a small hairline crack and a minute chip to rim.
The stone with natural infusions.
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The auction details are as follows:
Auction: Asian Art, 16th May 2018
11 May 2018 By Appointment
13 May 2018 10am - 1pm
14 May 2018 9am - 5pm
15 May 2018 9am - 5pm
16 May 2018 from 9am
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