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    Sale 2818


    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 460

    A pair of Chinese blue and white armorial plates for the Swedish market

    CIRCA 1745

    Price Realised  


    A pair of Chinese blue and white armorial plates for the Swedish market
    Circa 1745
    Painted with the arms of the Grill family in the centre against elaborate scrolling mantling and surmounted by a crane crest, the rim embellished by four rococo shells with leafy vines reserved on a diaper band
    23.7 cm. diam. (2)

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    The design of this service has traditionally been attributed to the Swedish artist Christian Precht, whose related designs for his patron Count Axel Sparre are known. The Grill family was active in the Swedish trade, which flourished in the 1740-1805 period, when they ordered at least six different services. See D. Howard and J. Ayers, China for the West, London, 1978, p. 447, plate 545.

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    The Collection of the late C.W. Baron van Boetzelaer van Asperen.