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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 239

    AN ARMORIAL PLATE

    CIRCA 1720

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ARMORIAL PLATE
    CIRCA 1720
    With the arms of Pitt with Ridgeway in pretence above the motto AMITIE, the stork crest repeated four times around the rim flanked by green acanthus leaves, the coronets in brown overlaying iron-red to approximate scarlet
    8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) diameter


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    Thomas Pitt of Blandford married Lady Frances Ridgeway in 1717 and was created Baron Londonderry in 1719. His father, a Governor of Fort St. George India, had fostered the family fortune when he sold an Indian diamond (still in the Crown of France) to the French royal family for a huge profit. His nephew was to become the famous statesman and Prime Minister. See D.S. Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, p. 184.

    Provenance

    The Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2000, lot 280.


    Literature

    Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. II, p. 406, no. 405.


    Exhibited

    Virginia Museum, 1981-82.