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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 195

    A MEXICAN MARKET CHILD'S COFFEEPOT AND A COVER

    CIRCA 1790

    Price Realised  

    A MEXICAN MARKET CHILD'S COFFEEPOT AND A COVER
    CIRCA 1790
    Of lighthouse form with handle and spout set at right angles, finely enamelled with a medallion showing Minerva seated by a bookshelf, a coat-of-arms leaning to her side, and inscribed IN*SOLEM*INAUG*MEX*ACAD*EX*CUR*AN*1790
    4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) high (2)


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    Part of an interesting group of five services, found mostly in small tea forms, that were apparently ordered by the cities of Puebla, Mexico City and Valladolid, the Consulado of merchants in Mexico City and, as in the present example, the Royal Academy of San Carlos, on the occasion of King Charles IV's accession to the Spanish throne in 1788. J. Mudge (op. cit., pp. 80 to 83) identifies the designer of several of the seals used as the Spanish artist Jeronimo Antonio Gil; on this piece GIL is found in gilt at the bottom of the medallion. The Academy of San Carlos, long a prestigious art school in Mexico City, more than a century later was attended by Orozco and Rivera. It is now the Museum of San Carlos.