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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 264

    A DUTCH ARMORIAL PLATE AND TEABOWL AND SAUCER WITH MERCHANT'S MARK

    DATED 1748

    Price Realised  

    A DUTCH ARMORIAL PLATE AND TEABOWL AND SAUCER WITH MERCHANT'S MARK
    DATED 1748
    Each enameled with the merchant's mark and arms of Hesslink surmounted by a peacock crest, dated below, the rims with iron-red and gilt spearhead bands
    8 5/8 in. (21.8 cm.) diameter, the plate (3)


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    This merchant's mark is for Hendrick Hesslink (1723-80) of the Netherlands. His post at Doetinchen in Gelderland was similar to that of a poor-law commssioner. As Ron Fuch's notes in Made in China, merchant's marks were painted on crates and bundles, acting like shipping labels, and often wealthy merchants developed their own "pseuduo-armorial porcelain" using their mark and incorprating arms of families with similar names.

    Provenance

    The Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 261 (the teabowl and saucer).


    Literature

    Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 123, no. 74 (the teabowl and saucer).
    Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. II, p. 402, no. 400 (the plate).


    Exhibited

    Wilmington, 1957, no. 73 (the teabowl and saucer).
    Viringia Museum, 1981-2 (the same).