History of the Nickerson Mansion: 1891

Chicago Daily Tribune, March 14, 1891, page 12

Purchases Made by Chicagoans at the Brayton Ives Sale

At the Wednesday sale of Oriental porcelains collected by Brayton Ives Chicago again carried of the rarest and costliest of the collection from the assembled connoisseurs of New York and Boston. The two most important purchases of the day were by S. M. Nickerson and Potter Palmer.

Mr. Nickerson’s purchase was a temple vase of grand size. In height and diameter it is 30 ½ × 11 inches. It belongs to the famille verte variety and is the most notable piece, decoration, color and form being the conditions of the estimate, that is known in any of the museums or private collections in this country. The decoration over the white body consists of trees and foliage, branches of flowers, and blossoms of various kinds, also birds of variegated plumage perched upon rocks; smaller birds in two colors surround the neck.

Baked in kilns that were cold 200 years ago the successful firing of so large a vase is a puzzle to the modern potter. It is free from bubbles or blisters, and the edges of the rim and foot have neither fracture nor nick. The foot bears the six characters of Ching-hwa, 1465–1488, but is not older than 1700. The price paid by Mr. Nickerson was $2,700.

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