Chinese export blue and white porcelain Cadogan dao guan hu teapot in the form of a peach, late 19th century. Decorated throughout with floral and foliate motifs and two cartouches; one depicting magpies perched among prunus flowers and the other depicting a three figures, one leaning against a prunus bole.
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: 5 1/4 in x width: 6 1/2 in x depth: 2 1/2 in.
Light wear throughout. No major chips, cracks, or losses. There is a minute glazing loss to the top of the handle. To the left of the loss, there is a light crack to where the handle and the body meet. Light minute chips to the tip of the spout. Along the footrim, there is wear and discoloration as shown in the listing image. Along the underside, there is a circular sticker adhered. No visible sign of restoration under UV light.
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