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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 378

    A CHINESE IMARI ARMORIAL CHARGER

    KANGXI PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A CHINESE IMARI ARMORIAL CHARGER
    KANGXI PERIOD
    The center with the arms and crest of Pitt of Ewerne Stepleton, Dorset, surrounded by large blooms of peony and chrysanthemum highlighted in gilt, the underside with underglaze blue sacred fungus mark within a double circle
    17 in. (43.2 cm.) diameter


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    Thomas Pitt is famed for having purchased a diamond for 20,400 pounds. Later known as 'The Pitt Diamond', this gigantic gem weighed no less than 127 carats. After selling the enormous diamond at a hefty profit (he sold it for 135,000 pounds to the Regent of Orleans), it became the most precious stone in the Crown of France. Pitt later became Governor General of Jamaica and his son became the Earl of Londonderry. See D.S. Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, p. 176.