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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 359

    A PRINCELY ARMORIAL PLATE

    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    A PRINCELY ARMORIAL PLATE
    CIRCA 1750
    The center with a large double coat-of-arms for Christian Auguste, Prince of Anhalt, and his wife Princess Johanna Elizabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, supported by a crowned bear and a lion and issuing numerous crests, all beneath a large coronet and encircled by the ribbon of an Order against ermine mantling
    9¼ in. (23.4 cm.) diameter


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    This important service was ordered by Christian Auguste and Johanna Elizabeth, Prince and Princess of Anhalt and parents of Catherine the Great. It has been confused in the past with a very similar service with the arms of Anhalt-Dessau incorporating an L monogram that was made for Prince Leopold II (ruled 1747-51), a leading general in Frederick the Great's army.
    Direct trade between China and the German princely states was rare. Frederick the Great established a trading company in 1751 but the Seven Years' War (1756-63) halted commerce, and only seven Prussian ships are recorded at Canton 1753-91. (See C. Le Corbeiller, China Trade Porcelain: Patterns of Exchange, pp. 80-83). The known German armorial services were all made for princely families: Hohenzollern, Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenberg-Schwerin. It is perhaps no coincidence that Catherine the Great herself ordered two services from China.

    Provenance

    The Lurie Collection (no. 460)