Variations on a Xuande Bowl
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Artist: Bill Reily, American, 1930-2014
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Oil on canvas
70 1/2 x 54in (179.1 x 137.2cm)
Gift of Maryanne MacGuarin Leeper in memory of Blanche and John Palmer Leeper
In the 1960s, Blanche and John Palmer Leeper sold from their personal collection a rare Chinese porcelain bowl from the Xuande period (1426-1425). The Leepers commissioned Bill Reily to paint the bowl's "portrait" for them to keep as a souvenir. Then, for decades, the painting hung above the mantel in the Leepers' home, before their daughter, Maryanne, gave it to the McNay.
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