22 October 2003
A CHINESE EXPORT 'DOUBLE PEACOCK' PART DINNER SERVICE
In the classic pattern showing a peacock and peahen perched on rockwork in a garden growing with large, lush peony blooms alongside smaller flowers, the scalloped or octagonal rims enamelled with floral sprays and edged in a narrow iron-red border, comprising:
Eight dinner plates, 9 in. (23 cm.) diam.
Five soup plates, 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) diam.
A pair of shallow bowls, 10 in. (25.5 cm.) diam.
A pair of platters, 13½ in. (34.3 cm.) long
A large platter, 20½ in. (52 cm.) long (18)
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King Joao VI of Portugal is known to have owned a service in this pattern, which has been desirable in Portugal and Brazil ever since. See J.G. Veiga, Chinese Export Porcelain in Private Brazilian Collections, London 1989, pp. 197-199.
The Métiers d’Art collection is witty, eclectic and Chanel to the core. Illustrated with bags offered in Handbags and Accessories on 12 December in London
Looking back on a week of auctions that featured masterworks representing some of the greatest collections assembled in the United States