• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 141

    A CHELSEA (GOLD ANCHOR) SHAPED OVAL PLATE FROM THE MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ SERVICE

    CIRCA 1765, GOLD ANCHOR MARK

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    A CHELSEA (GOLD ANCHOR) SHAPED OVAL PLATE FROM THE MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ SERVICE
    CIRCA 1765, GOLD ANCHOR MARK
    Painted with three exotic birds amongst shrubs, rockwork and scattered insects with buildings in the distance, within a border of swags of garden flowers and recessed mazarine blue ground cartouches gilt with insects and a gilt feuilles-de-choux rim (some flaking to gilding, minor surface scratching)
    10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) wide


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    The Mecklenburg-Strelitz Service was made to the order of George III and Queen Charlotte as a gift for the Queen's brother, Duke Adolphus Frederick IV of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. It remained at Strelitz until the early 1920s when it was bought by Sir Joseph Duveen for his own collection and remained in the USA until given by James Oakes, the Bond Street dealer, to Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in 1948, on the occasion of their Majesties' Silver Wedding. There are however a number of pieces that have escaped, including a pair of candelabra branches that entered Lady Charlotte Schreiber's collection in 1867 and further items in the Campbell Collection, now in the Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, USA. See Elizabeth Adams, Chelsea Porcelain (London, 1987), pp. 155-156 for a discussion of the service, related services and wares, and ibid., p. 156, fig. 126, for a dish of closely similar form to the present lot, formerly in the Katz Collection, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. See also the dish of similar form sold in these Rooms on 24 February 2003, lot 23.

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