Group of two Chinese export porcelain famille rose sweet meat dishes, 19th century. Decorated along the interior with bats and along the exterior with figures in gardens.
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.Each, height: 2 in x width: 8 in x depth: 5 1/4 in.
The are no visible cracks or losses to both items. There is wear throughout both. There are minute firing and glazing flaws to both. There are minute losses to the paint and gilding. There are minute chips to the top rim of the item shown on the left in the listing image. There is wear to the footrim of both items, as expected from age and use. No signs of restoration under UV light.
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