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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 218

    TWO CHINESE IMARI ARMORIAL PLATES

    CIRCA 1712 AND 1715

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    Estimate

    TWO CHINESE IMARI ARMORIAL PLATES
    CIRCA 1712 AND 1715
    One with the arms of Dr. William Walker, the other with the arms of Lord Somers of Evesham, both with the Walker rising sun crest four times on the rim
    9½ in. (24 cm.) diameter, the Walker plate; 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) diameter, the Somers plate (2)


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    D.S. Howard (Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol I., p. 177 and vol. II, p. 134), notes that the owners of these two services must have been political and social acquaintances. Somers was Attorney General, Lord Keeper and then Lord Chancellor, while Dr. William Walker of Hertfordshire, was a Doctor of Laws and Judge Advocate. No one knows how the Walker crest ended up on the Somers service, but it is surmised that the orders were sent out to China together.

    Literature

    Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 42, no. 7.