Pater Gratia Oriental Art

London 1988


Auction catalogue


Title: The Bullivant Collection of Armorial Porcelain. Offered by direction of the Executors of the late Cecil H. Bullivant, auction catalogue Phillips London, 22 March 1988


Cecil Henry Bullivant (1882-1981), author, traveller, lecturer, antique dealer and collector was responsible for this important collection of Chinese Armorial porcelain.


Chinese armorial porcelain was commissioned by British families and institutions in large quantities between 1695 and 1820, much of it being shipped through the port of Canton. David Sanctuary Howard dedicated his definitive work, "Chinese Armorial Porcelain" (1974) to Cecil Bullivant and drew heavily on the Bullivant collection for references and illustration. In the book Mr Howard quotes an anonymous writer on the subject: "If you are a person of imagination... buy yourself a cabinet and fill it with pieces of old armorial porcelain...and the china will turn novelist... A world of ballad and of lost hopes is in it; ideals of the West intermingled with the glamour of the East; in one delicate piece the tale of n English peer and a Chinese mandarin. The sun never sets over this porcelain. 


Publisher: Phillips, London, 1988


Details: Hard cover with illustrated dust jacket, full colour illustrations of nearly all lots.


Pages: 120 pp.


ISBN 10: -


Language: English.


Dimensions: 260 mm (10.2 inch) x 210 mm (8.2 inch) x 13 mm (0.5 inch).


Private copy, not for sale.


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