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Lot 14


circa 1770, painted in colours with exotic birds amongst fruiting plants, the powder blue ground with gilt foliage, 40cm high

Provenance: The collection of Sir George Armytage
Previously sold at Christie’s on 4th June 1962, lot 60 and 9th February 1981, lot 122
Bought at Kirklees House Sale, conducted by Phillips on 9th June 1987, lot 131
The collection of the late Anthony du Boulay FSA (1929-2022)
and thence by descent.

Condition Report: click here
Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000
Hammer price: £3,200
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Anthony du Boulay FSA (1929-2022) 

Anthony joined Christie’s in 1949 and initially worked on the front counter, which gave him a practical education in all things sold at auction. This excellent foundation enabled him to move to on to the furniture department. In 1956 he was appointed Head of the Porcelain Department, which covered all ceramics. He became a Director in 1963 and in 1965 he handed over the running of the European Ceramics department so that he could concentrate on Chinese ceramics, which had become his chief love. He became President of Christie’s Geneva in 1967 and set up their saleroom in New York in 1976. Latterly, he spent two years in Paris. 

After retiring from Christie’s in 1980, Anthony became Honorary Adviser on Ceramics to the National Trust of England and Wales. Between 1981 and 1983 he was given the fascinating job of separating items of national importance left to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax from those either given to the National Trust, or still owned by the family.

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The neck and lid restored and re stuck, a few chips to the base rim, there is a graze across one of the birds sitting on a branch. The painting and gilding is in superb condition with little evidence of rubbing. 

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