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    Sale 7431

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    6 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 244

    A FAMILLE ROSE ARMORIAL DEEP DISH FOR THE SPANISH MARKET

    QIANLONG (1736-95)

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    A FAMILLE ROSE ARMORIAL DEEP DISH FOR THE SPANISH MARKET
    QIANLONG (1736-95)
    Of unusual form with lightly fluted sides and an irregularly wave-like rim, enamelled and gilt with a central coat-of-arms for Raón, the well with a puce scroll band below a continuous pink and gilt shell and leaf border below the rim
    9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) wide


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    This service was ordered for José Raón y Gutiérrez (1703-1773). He was appointed Captain General and Governor of the Philippines in 1765 and was the first Governor to use the Cape of Good Hope route to reach the Philippines. Whilst there, he had a reputation of greed and corruption, which perhaps explains the order of such an impressive service. Although not actually a marquis, he held the highest rank in the Spanish Army and was therefore able to use the coronet of a marquis above his arms. The quartered arms show the families of Raón (1st and 3rd), Gutiérrez (2nd) and Cejudo (4th).

    See Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol.II, no. 385, p. 389 for a plate from this service; M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, cat. 168, p. 188 for a serving dish in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon; and J. A. Lloyd Hyde, Oriental Lowestoft, Chinese Export Porcelain, Newport, 1964, colour plate C (bottom left).

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