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A FAMILLE ROSE AND GRISAILLE 'THE QUEEN OF DENMARK' DISH

CIRCA 1750-60

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A FAMILLE ROSE AND GRISAILLE 'THE QUEEN OF DENMARK' DISH
CIRCA 1750-60
Decorated at the centre en grisaille with a portrait of the Queen, within a pink enamel floral border
13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Angelo Castelo Branco Cerqueira Caldas, sold Sotheby's London, 8 May 1990, lot 78.
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Lot Essay

This portrait depicts the wife of King Frederick V, and was taken from an engraving of 1748 by Johann Martin Preissler, which in turn was after a painting by Carl Gustave Pilo (1712-92), a historical artist who painted most royal families of northern Europe.

This portrait is considered by many to represent Queen Louise, first wife of King Frederick V; he married his second wife in 1752, so assuming this attribution is correct, a date of circa 1750 would appear appropriate. See Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, 1986, fig. 9.102, p. 228, for a plate from the collection of H. Danielsen, Copenhagen bearing this portrait. However, see Michel Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, 1962, fig. 89, p. 129 for a similar plate in the Espirito Santo Collection, Lisbon, and a discussion on the identification of the portrait; Beurdely feels confident that the portrait depicted is that of the King's second wife, Juliana Maria, and suggests a date of circa 1760. A plate with this portrait sold in these Rooms, 19 November 1999, lot 367, together with one of King Frederick as lot 368.
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