• 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 359

    AN ENGLISH DELFT ADAM AND EVE CHARGER

    CIRCA 1730-40, PROBABLY BRISTOL OR BRISLINGTON

    Price Realised  

    AN ENGLISH DELFT ADAM AND EVE CHARGER
    CIRCA 1730-40, PROBABLY BRISTOL OR BRISLINGTON
    Painted after 'The Temptation' with Adam and Eve flanking the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden, the Serpent entwined in its branches, within a blue-dash rim, on a circular foot
    13 in. (33 cm.) diameter


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    For a similar example see Michael Archer, Delftware, London, 1997, p. 85, no. A20. Also see Christie's, London, 17 April 2000, lot 2. See Frank Britton, English Delftware in the Bristol Collection, London, 1982, fig. 2 for a detail of a print by Pierre Lombart, Udini illustrating Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It has been suggested that the fruit depicted on these chargers is actually an orange rather than an apple and can be viewed as a political comment on the House of Orange.

    Provenance

    With Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Blum, Lisbon, Connecticut.