• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2287

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver & Chinese Export

    21 - 25 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 485

    A LARGE PLATTER FROM THE DEWITT CLINTON SERVICE

    CIRCA 1796-1810

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE PLATTER FROM THE DEWITT CLINTON SERVICE
    CIRCA 1796-1810
    Brightly painted with a famille rose Chinese riverscape, rim with initials DWCMFC and the Eight Immortals
    16 7/8 in. (42.8 cm.) wide


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    D.S. Howard called Dewitt Clinton "...a giant in the political life of New York..." (New York and the China Trade, p. 113.) Hailing from an important Anglo-American family with a distinguished record in the Revolution, Clinton was a New York Assemblyman and then U.S. Senator before becoming Mayor and later a Presidential candidate defeated by James Madison. A platter from the collection of Diane and Norman Bernstein, The Lindens, was sold Sotheby's, New York, 22 January 2006, lot 3. A pair of dishes and covers was sold Christie's, New York, 23 January 2007, lot 187 and an oval dish, lot 188.

    Provenance

    Dewitt Clinton (1769-1824), Mayor of New York City, Governor of New York state, and Maria Franklin Clinton, who were married in 1796
    Mary Clinton Jones (Mrs. David Jones), oldest daugher of Dewitt Clinton.
    By descent to Thomas Floyd and Cornelia Haring Jones.
    By descent to Fannie Floyd-Jones.
    By descent to Gertrude Riker Harrison (her great-grandaughter).
    By descent to the present owner.