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    Sale 7431

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    6 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 240


    CIRCA 1745

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    CIRCA 1745
    Each enamelled with a central quatrefoil cartouche depicting a view of Fort St. George in Madras above the arms of Cooke quartering Warren with Twysden in pretence at the rim with the crest of Cooke at the top, dividing two landscape cartouches at the border to either side, one depicting the Pearl River at Canton and the other Plymouth Sound
    9 in. (22.8 cm.) diam. (2)

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    For the arms, see D.S. Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, London, 1974, p.325, where a plate from this service is illustrated, but with a view of the Pearl River in a third panel at the border in place of the crest. The author points out that both versions are found in this service. A plate with the crest at the border is illustrated by Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 19, fig. 1.15; another is in the Helena Woolworth McCann Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated by J. G. Phillips, China-Trade Porcelain, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1956, p. 108, plate 35; and a further example is in the Hodroff Collection, illustrated by D. S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, London, 1994, pp. 56-7, no. 29. For a discussion on the views depicted on these plates, see D. S. Howard op.cit., pp. 48 and 49. Mr. Howard comments that "Fort St. George was the pride of the East India Company in India and was a usual port of call between Plymouth and Canton ... It also explains why these designs are only known on services for the British market."

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