Chinese Kangxi 18th century famille verte porcelain plate. Decorated in the center with a scene of a figure riding a horse outside of a palace, possibly derived from "The Romance of the Western Chamber (Xixiangji)." The rim painted with four floral cartouches alternating with precious objects tied with ribbons. The underside of the rim painted with floral sprigs. Marked along the underside with an underglaze blue double circle and an apocryphal pictorial mark of a "fangding" ritual censer.
Provenance: The Oriental Impression, Ltd., St. Louis, Missouri, 1984; 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.Diameter: 9 in.
No visible losses. There is a hairline crack along the lower right rim, extending from the center that measures approximately 2 inches. There is a minute chip underneath the lower left rim. The underside has wear consistent with age and use.
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