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A RARE GRISAILLE AND GILT 'ST. IGNATIUS' TEAPOY AND A COVER
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A RARE GRISAILLE AND GILT 'ST. IGNATIUS' TEAPOY AND A COVER

CIRCA 1745

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A RARE GRISAILLE AND GILT 'ST. IGNATIUS' TEAPOY AND A COVER
CIRCA 1745
The baluster body decorated en grisaille two two circular panels depicting Ignatius de Loyola against a black background, his head surrounded by a halo, his right hand raised in benediction and his left holding a book on which is written AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM which is resting beside his quill and ink-pot on a table, above which surrounded by clouds are the initials IHS, all below a gilt floral scroll band with two cartouches inscribed SIGNATIVS DE IOIOLA, a band of moulded pierced scrolls, heightened in gilt, around the foot; and a cover, probably married
5 in. (12.8 cm.) high overall
Provenance
Purchased from J. Reis Fernandes.
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Lot Essay

This scene has been taken from an engraving by S. A. Bolswert after a painting of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier by Rubens. This service may have been ordered to commemorate the bi-centenary of the establishment of the Order of the Company of Jesus, of which St. Ignatius was the founder member. A very similar teapoy and cover from the collection of Madame Abel de Lacerda in Caramulo, Lisbon is illustrated by M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, p. 204, cat. 231. A teapot and cover from the Mottahedeh Collection is illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol. I, p. 252, no. 246, where details of the life of the saint, and the history of the Order are discussed. A saucer is illustrated by Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 272, fig. 11.43.
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