Chinese Export Art Auction
Chinese Export Art Auction of fine porcelain and paintings, including examples from the Transitional period, Kangxi Yongzheng and Qianlong period. Featuring the collection of Lorraine and David Popowich, comprising nearly 80 lots from this exceptional collection known for it's numerous rare forms for the western market. .
Excerpt from catalog:
THE POPOWICH COLLECTION, Christie's
(Lots 293 to 326 and 371 to 426)
Over the course of four decades, Lorraine and David Popowich assembled a magnifcent and multi-faceted collection of Chinese export porcelain. Meticulous about condition and quality, the Popowiches acquired top examples of all the major categories in the feld, from famille verte to Canton famille rose, armorial to European subject and figures to Western shapes. Perhaps most astounding of all is their assemblage of more than two dozen rare snuff boxes.
With a shared love of travel as well as business interests in both Europe and China, the Popowiches sought out the top dealers and the best antique fairs. David grew a small family business into an international brand. Lorraine studied under Violette de Mazia at the Barnes Foundation, was a founding board member of the National Museum of American Jewish History and a board member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Together they raised three children. In their gracious Philadelphia home overlooking leafy Rittenhouse Square, the outstanding Popowich Chinese export was accompanied by collections of carnival glass, mid-century cookie jars, treen and crocodile articles, and American paintings – all refecting shared decades of happy pursuit.
The rest of the auction is notable for the exceptionally fine condition and overall quality of the items on offer. Including a good selection of fine armorial examples dating from 1740 to 1793. Also, some fine examples based on designs by Cornelius Pronk.
It's very attractive sale, in particular, if you're an export art collector.
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