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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 266

    A FRENCH ROYAL ARMORIAL TUREEN AND COVER

    CIRCA 1725-1730

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH ROYAL ARMORIAL TUREEN AND COVER
    CIRCA 1725-1730
    The circular tureen enameled with the arms of Louis XV encircled by the orders of the Holy Ghost and of St. Michael, the sides and cover with large still-lifes of fruit and flowers in a Kakiemon palette, the rims with bands of gilt and iron-red scrolling lotus, the finial painted as a chrysanthemum
    10½ in. (26.6 cm.) diameter (2)


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    The refined decoration on this large service relates closely to other Yongzheng period patterns, and it may have been ordered after the 1729 French royal inventory, in which it does not appear. The addorsed L's supporting a flower sprig in the pattern's gilt border may represent the King's initial. The service descended in the Orléans family until Louis-Philippe, King of France 1830-48, gave it to a French nobleman, in whose family much remains today. See A. Lebel, Christie's International Magazine, January 2003.

    An impressive array of shapes and forms comprise the French royal service. Two candlesticks were sold Christie's New York, The Benjamin F. Edwards III Collection, 22 January 2002, lot 136 and 22 January 2003, lot 73. A tripartite spice box and cover was sold Christie's New York, 14 October 1999, lot 114 and a small tureen and cover were sold Sotheby's Monaco, 23 June 1986, lot 1181.

    Provenance

    The Benjamin F. Edwards III Collection.


    Literature

    Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 93, no. 53.