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    Sale 2261

    The Hodroff Collection, Part III

    21 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 270

    TWO PIECES FROM THE 'POMPADOUR' SERVICE

    CIRCA 1745

    Price Realised  

    TWO PIECES FROM THE 'POMPADOUR' SERVICE
    CIRCA 1745
    A bourdaloue and a plate, each painted with peony, daisy, and lotus sprays and seed pods flanking cartouches enclosing either a fish or an eagle crest surmounted by a stylized crown
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) long, the bourdaloue; 9 in. (22.8 cm.) diameter, the plate (2)


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    Although very likely made for the French market, this lavish service was probably not ordered by Madame de Pompadour, as export writers once suggested. It is quite doubtful that Madame de Pompadour would have allowed the connection with her somewhat bourgeois former name, Poisson. For a further discussion, see Howard and Ayers, op. cit., vol. II, p.443.

    Provenance

    The Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection, Sotheby's, New York, 30 January 1985, lot 297 (the plate).


    Literature

    Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 158, no. 102.
    Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, p. 229, no. 271.
    Howard and Ayers, China for the West p. 443, no. 449 (the plate).


    Exhibited

    Virginia Museum, 1981-82 (the plate).