Chinese famille rose porcelain round box with lid, Guangxu period. Painted with figures of a mother with a child and children with banners in a landscape. The underside and lid marked with a four-character stamp in red.
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 3/4 in x diameter: 4 1/4 in.
No visible, cracks, or losses. There are minute firing flaws throughout. There are areas where the coloration of the paint has faded over time; there are losses to the gilding. There is a minute red spot along the exterior of the body; as seen in listing image. The bottom edge of the lid and the top edge of the box have wear, as expected from age and use. The footrim has wear, consistent with age and use. No visible signs of restoration under UV light.
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