Rare Set of Three Qingbai Glazed String Design Ewers, Northern Song, ca. 11th-12th century
H: 4 1/2 (11.3 cm.) x 7 3/4 in. (19.8 cm.)
Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art
Ralph M. Chait Galleries Inc.
March 16-25, 2022
Located in New York city, Ralph M. Chait Galleries is the oldest specialist gallery in the US in the field of Chinese antique porcelains and works of art. The gallery was opened by Ralph M. Chait, who began in 1910 as a young man newly arrived from London. Self-taught, he went on to gain as clients John D. Rockefeller Jr., President Herbert Hoover, Sir Percival David, Avery Brundage, and many others. Since that time, the gallery has remained in the family and is now run by Ralph Chait’s grandsons, Steven and Andrew.
For more than a century, Chait Galleries has been presenting fine Chinese and Japanese ceramics, among other artworks, such as the ones pictured here and in this spring's exhibition. These highly distinctive string-design ewers with Qingbai glaze that were crafted more than a millennium ago are representative of the artwork Chait Galleries offer in terms of beauty and history. Complimenting their elegant forms and ornamental details, the first two come from the Hong Kong collector and jewelry designer Kai-Yin Lo, are illustrated and described in Regina Krahl's 1998 publication Bright as Silver, White as Snow, and were exhibited at the Denver Art Museum. In the 1960s-1990s, the third was in the Thomax Collection, which was formed by Professor Leif Sourander of Abo, Finland, and was exhibited in 1994 at the Arabia Museum in Helsinki.
Fine Japanese Imari Porcelain Charger, late 17th/ early 18th century
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