Rare Ex Morse 19th C. Japanese Celadon Cup Or Bowl With Museum Provenance
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Rare Ex Morse 19th C. Japanese Celadon Cup Or Bowl With Museum Provenance:
Exceedingly Rare Japanese Slip Decorated Cup or Small Bowl
2 1/2 inches in diameterThis exquisite Antique Japanese Porcelain Cup is part of a collection
of fine Celadon, acquired originally from the collections of
Samuel S Morse (1838-1925)
A Famous Zoologist, Author and one of the World's Largest
Japanese Ceramic/Pottery Collectors.
His major collection is now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.This piece, along with 600+ others were purchased from his estate by Maria Longworth Nichols
the founder of Rookwood Pottery Factory of Cincinnati Ohio.
As a producer of fine American Pottery Mrs. Nichols was an avid collector
and had a huge appreciation of fine porcelain glazes.That entire collection of Japanese porcelain was then loaned by Maria Nichols
to the Cincinnati Art Museum in 1888. We found an interesting article documenting this online - page was then married and here is referred to as Mrs. StorerMorse's sojourn in Cincinnati was not wholly devoted to lecturing and attending social affairs
occasioned by the marriage of his hostess to Bellamy Storer on March 10: it was also a matter of business.
By the time Morse returned to Salem, Massachusetts,
Mrs. Storer had purchased from him some 670 pieces of Japanese pottery,
duplicates culled from his collection.
Her check for $3,500 arrived in time for Morse to pay an overdue note.28
The entry for an almond dish assigned Shape Number 280 in the Shape Book in April 1886
reads: "From shape in Mrs. Storer's Morse Collection."
Mrs. Storer lent her Japanese pottery collection to the Cincinnati Art Museum in 1888.These pieces were in the Museumscollection until 1976,
when they were returned to her grandson The Marquis Jean Pierre de Chambrun.Thieves Market Antiques of Alexandria VA purchased this along with others
from The Marquis de Chambrun in March 1999.
Thieve Market with the staff of the Cincinnati Art Museum worked to confirm all
of the above information and was vital in the addition of the pieces
coming from the Samuel Morse Estate.We then purchased this along with two other pieces from
Thieves Market inlate 1999.In 2011 we reached out to the Freer Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian
and after a very long process sold privately two of the three pieces.
this small cup or bowl stayed in our private collection.This is your chance to own a very well documented
and exquisite Japanese Celadon CupThis wonderful celadon cup dates to the 19th Century.
Please notice the original paper tags inside the cup
and the Museum Inventory numbers painted in red.
The last two numbers indicate the year the Museum received the item (88) 1888.
Ex Samuel S. Morse, Ex Maria Longworth Nichols, Ex Cincinnati Museum of ArtCondition:loss of gilding on lip, otherwise excellentCheck our other sales for more Asian Art.
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