Chinese famille rose porcelain lighthouse teapot, 19th century Tongxi Period. The upper register decorated with children serving seated elders and the lower register decorated with ribboned precious objects and floral sprigs. Of conical shape with a short spout, loop handle, and a domed lid with a knob finial. Marked along the underside with an apocryphal six-character Yongzheng red seal.
Provenance: From the Estate of C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan, Long Lake, Minnesota.
C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan (1926-2022) was a passionate world traveler and avid collector. It was through his travels that he was inspired to begin a lifelong relationship with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), becoming a major sponsor of the institute and facilitating the growth of their Asian art department, which is now one of the best in the country. His generous donations to Mia allowed them to establish a fund for the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, one of the few endowed positions of this type in the museum field. He additionally served as a trustee of the institute, advocating for its operational growth. In its turn, the museum established a gallery named in his honor in recognition for his endowment fund and numerous contributions to their collection. The selections here showcase his talent and breadth of collecting, ranging from ancient statues to 19th-century woodblock prints. His appreciation for art persisted throughout his life and we are honored to offer items from his collection in this auction.
Height: 8 in x diameter: 4 in.
There is a small restored chip along the lower rim measuring approx. 5/8" in length. There is a repaired chip to the knop along the lid. There is a small hairline crack measuring approx. 1" in length going upward from the lower rim. Some residual adhesive affixed along the exterior near the upper rim and along the lid. There is a minute firing flaw along the underside of the handle. Some losses to the painted decoration and gilt throughout. Light wear throughout consistent with age and use.
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