Lot 265 (Asian Art, 7th November 2017)
Lots 265 to 292
The Collection of Mary Ann Frederica Harrison
Mary Ann Frederica Harrison was born in London on 13 April 1838, the seventh of eight children. After her marriage in 1876 to thriving tea merchant, Thomas Thomas, Mary went to live in, Canton, China and gave birth to two children there. In the late 1800s, Mary and her husband returned permanently to London, where Thomas died in 1892.
Mary had a keen interest in painting, particularly using oils and pastels, and her artistic, nature is evident in the attractive items from her collection now offered here for sale.
A Chinese cloisonné brush pot,
Qianlong/Jiaqing, in the form of a scroll, the exterior enamelled with Kuixing, the God of Literature standing with his right, leg on the head of a huge legendary turtle above spuming waves, his right hand with a brush pen to announce the name of the scholar who was first in an exam, the other side with a carp turning into a dragon, all amongst bats and clouds against a, blue ground,
14.2cm, wood stand (2)
For a similar lot, see Sotheby's Hong Kong, 'Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art', 8 October 2008 - lot 2600.
Literature: For a similar example, see 'The Complete Collection of Treasure of the Palace, Museum, Metal-bodied Enamel Ware', Hong Kong Commercial Press, 2002, p.178.
清乾隆/嘉庆 掐丝珐琅魁星点斗图书卷式笔筒 连木底座
Sold for £14,000
Minute enamel losses inside with cracks to enamel.
The base with damage to enamel.
Stand with damage, missing pieces and one foot.
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