Auction Highlight | Canton Famille Rose Porcelain Tea Set
Auction Highlight | Tuesday 9 Feb 2016 | Fine Furniture, Paintings, Silver, Decorative and Asian Arts
Canton Famille Rose Porcelain Tea Set
Est. $1,000 - 2,000
Personally gifted in 1900 by tea merchant Mei Quong Tart to Rev. and Mrs F. J. Dillon, this tea set, accompanied with a facsimile letter detailing its provenance, captures an important fragment of Sydney’s cultural history and an insight into one of the most well-loved and prominent businessmen of the 19th century.
Quong Tart operated a network of tea rooms across Sydney and was known to rub shoulders with the local political and social elite, hosting various official dinners in his exclusive tea rooms in the Sydney Arcade, the Royal Arcade, King Street and ‘Elite Hall’ in the Queen Victoria Market (QVB).