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A LARGE DON QUIXOTE PLATE Circa 1740 Richly enamelled with the knight on horseback wearing armor and a deep rose cape, the barber's basin on his head and the faithful Sancho Panza and donkey at his side, two woman deshabille peeking out from a tree at the left and in the distance the barber seen fleeing, his horse fallen on the ground, all within a series of delicate gilt borders detailed in grisaille and iron-red 12in. (31cm.) diameter

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After an engraving by J. Folkema inspired by a C.A. Coypel painting, this earlier version of the Spanish literary classic shows several elements missing from the better known circa 1750 export plates - the fleeing barber, his horse and Panza's donkey - and is perhaps more European in its style of painting. See Hervouet and Bruneau, op. cit., pp. 124-5.

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