Letter from John Getz to Henry Clay Frick, 29 June 1911
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OFFICE OF H. C. FRICK RECEIVED JAN 16 1912 FORWARDED REFERRED ANSWERED
June 29th, 1911
John Getz, 242 West 109th Street, New York City.
H. C. Frick, Esq., Prides Crossing, Mass.
In compliance with your request of the 27th inst., I have the honor to advise you that I have carefully examined two pairs of large vases or jars shown to me in your Fifth Avenue residence, yesterday.
One pair which stand in the Foyer Hall (with mazarin blue glazed ground and floral panels). These I find to be rather unusualfor SIC instead of the conventional blue Foutte, or so-called "powder-blue" they have a quasi translucent lapis blue colored glazing. Showing marks where the gold decoration has been rubbed off. I find the over-glaze floral painting on these jars in enamel colors of "famille rose genre" to be characteristic of the 18th Century, and the peony flowers rendered in raised enamel coloring (Hung pu-pu-ti) executed just as found on small objects of this period and such are now held in high esteem in Europe as well as here.
These large vases show the potter's wheel marks and also the joining of the porcelain paste, as mentioned in Chinese ceramic history and particularly in the extracts of letters from pere d'Entrecolles, a French missionary, who wrote from China, during the first part of the 18th Century on this subject, therefore, I conclude that these particular jars are of the Chien-Lung period, 1736-1795. Made for Europe.
One of the covers appears to be a reproduction, and the floral painting shows staining and this retouching with stain was also applied on one ormore of the floral panels, which appears to have been done by the copyist near the neck