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    A Large and Rare Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Windswept Jar, Guan
    Ming Dynasty, 15th century
    13-7/8 inches high (35.2 cm) (jar)

    Collection of Frank Gair Macomber (1849-1941);
    Thence by descent to present owner.

    The jar having reticulated carved wood lid, neck adorned with banded scrollwork in blue underglaze, shoulder with repeating crosshatching and foliate cartouches, body decorated with Xiwangmu, "Queen Mother of West" holding a basket of peaches and flanked by two female attendants, eight figures likely depicting the Eight Immortals, boy with deer, and scholars engaged in a game of go, raised on carved wood base.
    Jar, stand, and lid measure 21 inches high (53.3 cm).

    Frank Gair Macomber was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts and began work in the marine insurance business at the age of 14. Following the establishment of his own firm and throughout a successful career in marine insurance, Macomber became an important collector and patron of the arts in Boston. He was Honorary Curator of Decorative Arts at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a member of many art groups in the community. He collected rare books, armor, tapestries and 16th through 18th century paintings from the Spanish, Italian and Flemish Schools. Macomber organized an important Whistler exhibit at the Boston MFA in 1914 and over a 20-year period donated several art objects to the MFA. His collection of arms was sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, for which there was published an 8-volume catalogue.

    Condition Report*: Jar with some hairlines to interior and exterior lip and neck, some dirt accretions, age and use-related staingin, base and interior with hairlines possibly inherent to manufacturing, firing pock marks to neck inherent to manufacture. Carved rosewood dome to lid appears reglued and is of 19th century vintage, carved rosewood base with minor chipping, presenting very well.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2017
    12th Tuesday
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