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A famille rose ‘Don Quixote’ teabowl and stand, circa 1750. Estimate 4,000 – $6,000 USDPhoto Christie’s Image Ltd 2015.

Depicting the knight and his faithful attendant being observed by two maidens; 5 ¼ in. (13.4 cm.) diameter.

Note: This is the second of two rare services made in Chinese porcelain with this scene from the literary classic. The enameling on the present service is clearly an interpretation by the Chinese artist of the earlier service, but he has omitted Sancho Panza’s kneeling donkey, Don Quixote’s hat has been transformed from a barber’s bowl into a black hat, and the landscape is now typically Chinese. Another plate from the present service is illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol.II, no. 344; and by D. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, London, 1994, no. 85, pp. 94 and 95.

Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.

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