oval concave base; sides flare outward from base particularly on short ends and flare inward toward small oval mouth opening with short neck; white porcelain with light blue designs; wide sides decorated with acanthus-crowned man in jewels and royal robes holding scepters, riding in a small, elegant sailboat with two birds and two fish in cartouche beneath; opposite side decorated with view of row boats at a dock with classical-style buildings and left and right and a round tower at center; partially reclining draped classical figure in cartouche at bottom, with fish and a pair of putti; band of fish around bottom edge; rounded raised cover with knob covered with silver foil

%C2%A9 Robin Best%2C Courtesy Adrian Sassoon Ltd.

British East India Company - Trade & Colonise, 2016

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Since the early 2010s Australian artist Robin Best has made her home in Jingdezhen, China, the city at the center of the porcelain industry for more than 1,000 years. There she has perfected a style of painting in miniature on porcelain. Best draws her subjects from historical narratives and imagery concerned with global trade and cultural exchange among Europe, South and East Asia, and Australia from the 1600s through the 1800s. These five vases are intended to be seen together and read as a story of British imperialism: they allude to the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the subsequent rise of British naval power; the founding of the East India Company in 1600, which advanced Britain’s trade interests with India and China; and the exploration and colonization of Australia in the late 1700s and 1800s.

Details
Title
British East India Company - Trade & Colonise
Artist Life
born 1953
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.40.1a,b
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oval concave base; sides flare outward from base particularly on short ends and flare inward toward small oval mouth opening with short neck; white porcelain with light blue designs; wide sides decorated with acanthus-crowned man in jewels and royal robes holding scepters, riding in a small, elegant sailboat with two birds and two fish in cartouche beneath; opposite side decorated with view of row boats at a dock with classical-style buildings and left and right and a round tower at center; partially reclining draped classical figure in cartouche at bottom, with fish and a pair of putti; band of fish around bottom edge; rounded raised cover with knob covered with silver foil

© Robin Best, Courtesy Adrian Sassoon Ltd.

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