CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PSEUDO ARMORIAL RETICULATED OVAL BASKET, CIRCA 1760.Est. $800-$1,200
Sold: $480 ($400)
Painted and gilt in the center with a dismasted ship within a rococo cartouche and above a banner inscribed “PROSPERO MO (?),” surrounded by four cartouches enclosing berry sprigs superimposed over a molded ground of shells, floral sprigs, ruyi head and scroll devices, the rim within a bamboo border interrupted by peony and grape sprays. Length 7 ⅝ inches.
Literature: This basket is part of a large service produced in imitation of a Meissen original. A strainer and dish are illustrated in David S. Howard, “The Choice of the Private Trader,” p. 132, pl. 139, where the author notes that while all pieces are similarly decorated, each bears a different pseudo armorial and motto. He further adds that the meaning of the service is still unknown, but that it might have Jesuit significance.