Revere Auctions
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The Arts of Asia, India, & the Middle East

Tue, Jul 18, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 268

Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Punch Bowl

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

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Chinese famille verte porcelain punch bowl, late 17th century. The interior is painted with a peaceful scene of a lone figure punting their boat through a mountainous river landscape. Decorated along the exterior with large warriors running and galloping on horseback through a landscape of mountains and foliage. The scene depicted is derived from the Ming novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" depicting foot soldiers with General Zhao Yun as the central figure galloping on horseback and wielding a heavy-bladed pole weapon or yanyuedao. The bowl rests on a low foot. Featuring an unusual use of yellow enamel on the figures and horse.

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: 6 1/4 in x diameter: 12 in.


There are numerous restorations throughout the bowl, some of which are slightly visible. There are numerous areas of fritting along the upper rim with some losses to the glazing. Some small losses to the painted decoration throughout. Wear to the footrim consistent with age and use.

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