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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 66

    A FAMILLE ROSE PLATE WITH THE ARMS OF PITT

    CIRCA 1772

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    A FAMILLE ROSE PLATE WITH THE ARMS OF PITT
    CIRCA 1772
    In the center a large coat-of-arms for the 'Great Commoner' supported by naturalistic lion and antelope, floral sprays on the rim interrupted by a crest and both earl's and baron's coronets
    8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) diameter


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    Commissioned by the British East India Co. for Prime Minister William Pitt, just made Earl of Chatham, this service was brought home in 1772 by Company agent W.B. Blake. Pitt's wife had earlier been created a baroness. About 1950 much of the service was bought by a Long Island collector, who then sold it at Sotheby's New York in 1974. A barber's bowl in the Mottahedeh collection is illustrated by J. Ayers and D. Howard, op. cit., no. 430, who tell the story of this great service.