23 January 2001
AN ARMENIAN MARKET SAUCER
The center with the gilt script initials in a square AA, encircled by the Armenian name Avet(ik) Yarokht'iyan and the date 1794, all on a field of blue stars and within a series of neoclassicall borders in blue enamel and gilt
6 1/8in. (15.6cm.) diam.
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A teabowl and saucer from this service was in the Mottahedeh collection, illustrated by Howard & Ayers op. cit., p. 473, where they note that the service "was designed for the personal use of someone probably engaged in trade in China"
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