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    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 123

    A RARE 'BATTLE OF CULLODEN' BOWL

    MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE 'BATTLE OF CULLODEN' BOWL
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    On each side a finely painted bust-length portrait of the Duke of Cumberland within a gilt-edged puce roundel inscribed IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE SLORIONS VICRORY (sic) AT CULLODEN APRIL 16TH 1748, in between are rose and bamboo sprays in pink, iron-red, grisaille and sepia, repeated in the center beneath a gilt lambrequin border
    10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) diameter


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    William Augustus (1721-1765), third son of George II and Caroline, was created Duke of Cumberland in 1726 and embarked on a military career. He led the allied forces at the battle of Fontenoy in 1745, but was most notorious for the battle of Culloden, where not only was the Jacobite rebellion crushed but any remaining Highlander was slaughtered, earning the Duke the nickname "Butcher."