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    Sale 2130

    Chinese Export Porcelain

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 95

    A SMALL PLATTER FROM THE ELIAS MORGAN SERVICE

    CIRCA 1785

    Price Realised  

    A SMALL PLATTER FROM THE ELIAS MORGAN SERVICE
    CIRCA 1785
    In the center the coat-of-arms in colored enamels, gilt and sepia and inscribed Elias Morgan in black script within crossed laurel boughs
    8 5/8 in. (24.4 cm.) wide


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    From a service made for Elias Morgan of Hartford, Connecticut (ancestor of J.P. Morgan) whose brother, John, had ordered a nearly identical service (with no inscription) that returned to America on The Empress of China, making them among the very first special orders for the new direct American trade with China. See D.S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, p. 102.