• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 24


    CIRCA 1750-56

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1750-56
    The complex coat-of-arms of Hohenzollern for Frederick the Great shown encircled by the collar and badge of the Order of the Black Eagle and flanked by a pair of 'savages' holding pennants
    9 in. (22.9 cm.) diameter

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    Probably commissioned by the Prussian East India Company as a gift for King Frederick II, who founded the Company in 1750. By 1756 it had been disbanded, as a result of the Seven Year's War. Only seven Prussian ships are recorded at Canton between 1753 and 1791.

    There was relatively little armorial made for the German market, nearly all of it for princely families. Apparently the ship carrying this service home from China, the Prinz von Preussen, ran aground in the East Friesan islands, but was refloated, and the service made it back to Emden, though partly damaged. One Hohenzollern descendant, Princess Hermine, wrote in her 1928 memoirs An Empress in Exile: My Days in Doorn, of pieces of the service displayed in the smoking room of the castle. See C. Le Corbeiller, op. cit., pp. 80-83