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A CHINESE EXPORT 'ORANGE FITZHUGH' ARMORIAL DINNER SERVICE
A CHINESE EXPORT 'ORANGE FITZHUGH' ARMORIAL DINNER SERVICE
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK (LOT 466)
A CHINESE EXPORT 'ORANGE FITZHUGH' ARMORIAL DINNER SERVICE

CIRCA 1805-1810

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A CHINESE EXPORT 'ORANGE FITZHUGH' ARMORIAL DINNER SERVICE
CIRCA 1805-1810
With the arms of Seton quartering Hay for Sir Alexander Seton, 5th Baronet of Culberg and Touch and comprising:
A pair of oval soup tureens, covers and stands, 14½ in. (37 cm.) wide, the stands
One oval hot water platter and cover, 15½ in. (39.2 cm.) wide
One oval hot water platter, 14 in. (35.5 cm.) wide
Two square vegetable dishes and covers, 11 in. (27.5 cm.) wide
A pair of vegetable tureens and covers, 12 in. (31 cm.) wide
Three vegetable dishes and covers, 11¼ in. (28.2 cm.) wide
A large pair of mazarine platters and one strainer, 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) wide
A well-and-tree platter, 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) wide
An oval basket and stand, 9¾ in. (24.7 cm.) wide, the stand
An oval basket, 9½ in. (24 cm.) wide
Three large platters: a pair 18¾ in. (48 cm.) wide; a single 17¼ in. (44 cm.) wide
Six graduated platters: a single 13¼ in. (34 cm.) wide; a pair 12 in. (30.5 cm.) wide, a single 11 in. (27.5 cm.) wide, a pair 7½ in. (19.2 cm.) wide
Seven pots de crème and covers, 3¼ in. (8 cm.) high
Twelve saucer dishes, 9½ in. (24 cm.) diameter
Twelve hot water plates, 11 in. (27.5 cm.) wide
Twelve soup plates, 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diameter
Twenty-seven dinner plates, 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diameter
Eight side plates, 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) diameter (124) (124)
Provenance
Property of a New England Family; Sotheby's, New York, 27 January 1988, lot 484 (partial).
Property of a New York City Private Collector; Sotheby's, New York, 27 January 1988, lot 485.
Property of a New England Family; Sotheby's, New York, 23-25 January 1992, lots 483-491 (partial).

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Four services were made with the arms of Seton quartering Hay, for three different generations of the family. The first (with blue and white borders) was for the Sir Henry Seton, 4th Baronet (d 1788); the last (Canton famille rose) for Sir Henry John Seton, 6th Baronet (d 1868). This Fitzhugh service and a 'Palaceware' tea service were made for Sir Alexander Seton, 5th Baronet (succeeded 1788 and married 1795). See Howard, op. cit., vol II, p 541 for a discussion of the family and references to the other services.

Sir Alexander and his three younger sons were all in the Hon. East India Company. He died on 4 February 1810 at only 37 years of age, possibly before this service had even returned from China, perhaps accounting, at least in part, for its exceptional condition.

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