19th century, Chinese; gilded polychrome porcelain; elongated neck with bulbous body; enameled alternating panels depicting court figures with gold to their hair and florals with birds. Unmarked. Approx. d. 8.5", h. to the finial, 29.5". Provenance: From the Estate of Mrs. Sally Connally Hardie, Atlanta, Georgia. Connolly was a charity campaigner and philanthropist, Councilwoman for the National Trust for Scotland from 1978-1995 (the last ten years serving on the Executive board), and member of the Court of St. Andrews University from 1987-1995. A native Atlantan, Connolly's great-great-grandfather David Connally was one of the first settlers to obtain land in the city and her great-grandfather Joseph E. Brown was the governor of Georgia during the American Civil War.
Some surface scratches; wear to gilding in hair; no apparent cracks or repairs.