A Rare Chinese Export Porcelain Box Decorated to the Interior c.1770-1785
A rare 18th century Chinese export porcelain box and cover c.1770-1785. The soft-paste porcelain box and cover is of compressed barrel form and the top decorated with peach sprays in a rich inky cobalt blue. The Famille Rose decoration, probably added in Canton is in the European style to the exterior with swags of flowers. The interior of this small box has Chinese scenes, a boating scene and another with a cock and hen. The base with a fruiting pomegranate in under-glaze blue.
- There is a large stained crack to the base of this rare porcelain box.
- Diameter : 7 cm (2 3/4 inches)
- Charles Marie Franzero born in Torino in1892, died in London in 1986, label to the interior : Franzero Collection. Carlo Maria Franzero studied until 1915 in his hometown , Turin , and then began his career as a journalist . At the beginning of World War II , he fled from Mussolini and Italy , and in England he found his second home . There he worked from 1941 to 1946 as a journalist for the Daily Telegraph . After the war he remained in London , where in 1950 he undertook the task of a foreign correspondent for Time . In addition , he wrote books on historical and literary topics ( for example, a biography of Oscar Wilde and an essay on exile of the poet Ugo Foscolo ) . The novel he wrote about Cleopatra VII was the main inspiration for the screenplay of 1963 by Joseph L. Mankiewicz staged in the film that he saw Elizabeth Taylor starred in the title role : Cleopatra . Franzero , also known under the alias of Charles Marie Franzero , was a member of the PEN Club and the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic . Chait Galleries.
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- Bluett's sold pieces from the Franzero Collection : Chinese porcelain of the 16th and 18th centuries : from the collection of C.M. Franzero : exhibition, Thursday 14th November-Friday 29th November 1974.