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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 178

    A 'MORGAN' PART DINNER SERVICE

    CIRCA 1785

    Price Realised  

    A 'MORGAN' PART DINNER SERVICE
    CIRCA 1785
    With a gilt-ground coat-of-arms above the inscription Morgan in black and between crossed laurel branches, narrow borders of gilt starred blue enamel, comprising:
    A square bowl, 11¼ in. (28.6 cm.) diameter
    Five graduated platters, 15 to 10 5/8 in. (38.1 to 27 cm.) wide
    Seven dinner plates, 9 7/8 in. (27 cm.) diameter
    26 side plates, 7½ in. (19 cm.) diameter

    Together with a group of pieces with matching borders but no arms, comprising:
    A pair of vegetable tureens and covers, 11 in. (28 cm.) wide
    A sauceboat, 7½ in. (19 cm.) long
    Three graduated platters, 17 1/8 to 14¼ in. (43.5 to 36.2 cm.) wide
    Six side plates, 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) diameter (53)


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    From a service made for Elias Morgan of Hartford, Connecticut (ancestor of J.P. Morgan) whose brother, John, had ordered a nearly identical service (with no inscription) that returned from China on the Empress of China. These services were among the very first special orders for the new direct American trade with China. See D.S. Howard,The Choice of the Private Trader, p. 102.