• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 399

    A Chinese Export ewer and cover for the Mexican market

    CIRCA 1790

    Price Realised  


    A Chinese Export ewer and cover for the Mexican market
    Circa 1790
    Enamelled with a crowned medallion depicting a towered city gate flanked by angels and within a laurel wreath, dated A.17.DE.ENERO.DE.1790, inscribed A CIUDAD DE LOS ANGELES EN SU FELIZ PROCLAMACION, etc..., some chips

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    The design for the service is after one of at least six medals struck in Mexico by Geronimo Antonio Gil between 1789 and 1791, to commemorate the accession of King Charles IV to the throne of Spain. The inscription on this service refers to the proclamation of the accession in Los Angeles (a city in Mexico now known as Puebla) in 1790. The milk-jug from this service is in the Mottahedeh Collection, illustrated by where the authors state that examples from three of the six known services of this type are in the Mottahedeh Collection.

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