Chinese Yue-type stoneware basin glazed yellow or olive-green, likely Six Dynasties period. The wide bowl with rounded sides flaring to a flattened everted rim. With freehand incised lines within concentric bands. The unglazed base with 13 support marks.
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: 4 in x width: 13 1/4 in.
The item has minor cracks, losses, chips and wear throughout the item. There are minute chips along the rim, as expected from age and use. There is crazing throughout the item.There are glazing losses along the footrim. Throughout the item there are minute original firing and glazing flaws, particularly along the center along the interior. The underside has wear, consistent with age and use. There are no visible signs of restoration under UV light. Under UV light there are a few, scattered area that are fluorescent under UV light; however they appear to be glazing flaws, not restoration.
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