• 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 344

    AN ENGLISH DELFT DATED PORTRAIT CHARGER OF CHARLES II

    DATED 1662

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    AN ENGLISH DELFT DATED PORTRAIT CHARGER OF CHARLES II
    DATED 1662
    Painted with the Sovereign in coronation robes holding a sceptre and orb, flanked by the inscription C2/R and the date 16/62, within an arch and columns, within a yellow line and blue-dash rim, on a circular foot
    12¼ in. (31 cm.) diameter


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    There are eight known dated chargers of this type, depicting a standing figure of Charles II. Six of these are now held in museum collections. Of the four that closely resemble the present example, only one is dated 1662.

    Following the death of Oliver Cromwell in 1658, Charles II was restored to the throne. His coronation was held in 1661. Therefore it has been suggested that the date 1662 relates to his marriage to Catherine of Braganza in May of that year.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 27 April 1945, lot 29.
    With A.F. Allbrook, London.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 29 November 1965, lot 164.
    With Tilley & Co., London.
    The Estate of Marjorie Wiggin Prescott; Christie's, New York, 6 March 1981, lot 13.
    The Harriet Carlton Goldweitz Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 20 January 2006, lot 12.
    With Mark and Marjorie Allen, New Hampshire.


    Literature

    The Antique Collector, April/May 1966, cover illustration.
    Hugo Morley-Fletcher, Investing in Pottery and Porcelain, 1968, p. 14.
    Hugo Morley-Flecther and Roger McIlroy, Christie's Pictorial History of European Pottery, 1984, p. 26, no. 42.
    Louis L. Lipski and Michael Archer, Dated English Delftware, 1984, p. 26, no. 42.
    Harriet Carlton Goldweitz, "An American Collection of English Pottery: A Chronology 1635-1778", English Ceramics Circle Transactions, vol. 12, part 1, 1984, p. 12 and pl. 17b.