Lot 67. A small Junyao globular jar, Jin-Yuan dynasty, 12th-14th century. Diamètre: 15 cm. (6 in.). Estimate EUR 3,000 - EUR 4,000 (USD 3,544 - USD 4,725). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018
Reposant sur un petit pied, la panse globulaire est surmontée de deux petites anses en forme d'anneau. Elle est recouverte d'une belle glaçure bleu pâle virant au beige-brun près de la bordure.
Provenance: Previously in the Collection of Constance Coolidge Crowninshield (1892-1973), wife of the American diplomat Ray Atherton (1883-1960) who worked as the secretary of legation in Beijing between 1917 and 1923, thence by descent to the current owner.
Note: Born into one of the most renowned Boston families, Constance Coolidge Crowninshield Magnus (1892-1973) was a relative to the former US presidents John Adams and Calvin Coolidge. She was also a descendant of General Crowninshield who served in the army of Abraham Lincoln. The family arrived on the Mayflower, and their family name is inscribed on the monument paying tribute to the Pilgrims in Boston.
At a young age she married the American diplomat Ray Atherton and they lived in China for a few years from 1917 to 1923. This present collection was gathered during that period. Passionate about horse racing, she owned a very large stable of horses and she would go to the racetrack every day. She spent most of her life in Paris and loved France. She died in Paris in 1973 and was buried at the Père Lachaise cemetery.
Christie's. Art d'Asie, Paris, 13 June 2018