• 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 352

    AN ENGLISH DELFT PORTRAIT CHARGER

    CIRCA 1704-1710, PROBABLY LONDON OR PERHAPS BRISTOL

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    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.

    Provenance

    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.