26 January 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 7,500
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
AN ENGLISH DELFT PORTRAIT CHARGER
CIRCA 1704-1710, PROBABLY LONDON OR PERHAPS BRISTOL
Painted with a nobleman wearing armor, a yellow sash and cloak, flanked by the initials PM, between sponged trees, within a blue and yellow line and blue-dash rim, on a circular foot
13½ in. (34.3 cm.) diameter
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The initials PM are thought to stand for Prince Maximilian, Elector of Bavaria and Governor of Holland during William III's absences in Britain. For a similar example initialed DO for the duke of Ormonde see John Austin, British Delft at Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1994, p. 140, no. 191. Here he notes at least seven personages are known depicted in this pose, many of whom have connections with the Jacobite rebellion.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 8 December 1980, lot 189.
The Property of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Billington; Christie's, London, 27 February 1989, lot 151.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 1 March 1993, lot 341.