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Revere Auctions
Live Auction

The Arts of Asia, India, & the Middle East

Tue, Jul 18, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 304

Pair of Chinese Porcelain Hat Stands as Lamps

Estimate: $100 - $200

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Pair of Chinese porcelain hat stands mounted as lamps, early 20th century. With cylindrical bodies decorated with scenes of figures including boys, attendants, and Shouxing holding ruyi scepter. One with a block of calligraphy painted along the sides.

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.

Each, height: 29 1/2 in x diameter: 14 in.

Condition

Lamps not tested for functionality. Both vases have been lamped. Wear to the underside of the vase. Small losses to the painted decoration. Minute firing flaws throughout. Heavy losses to the gilding along the top rim of one of the vases. Wear to the wooden bases. Some wear and tarnishing to metal components. Light wear to the carved finials.

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