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    Sale 2761

    Asian Art

    20 - 21 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 221

    A famille verte 'Provinces' dish


    Price Realised  


    A famille verte 'Provinces' dish
    Painted to the centre with a coat-of-arms of Leuven below a coronet and above the inscription 'LOVEN', on a ground of butterflies and birds amongst flower sprays, within a moulded floriform border enclosing panels of ladies and gentlemen in gardens, vases and jarninières of flowers and plants, on a diaper pattern ground, restored
    38.5 cm. diam.

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    Series of dishes in four different patterns were ordered in China in the 1720's with the arms of the principle provinces and towns of present-day Belgium and the Netherlands, plus the arms of England and France. Twenty-three different arms seem to comprise each complete series. Documentary evidence of this order has yet to come to light, but C. Le Corbeiller has pointed out that the spellings suggest a Dutch clientele, and that the grouping suggests the borders of this region after the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht which ended the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1717 a Triple Alliance marked the new rapport of England, France and the Netherlands, and Le Corbeiller suggests that the dishes may have commemorated this relationship. (China Trade Porcelain, pp.37-39). No one has yet explained why certain arms appear again and again, while other quite major centers like Haarlem and Leiden are not represented at all.

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