A GROUP OF TWELVE RARE CHINESE EXPORT ARMORIAL PLATES, QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG PERIOD, CIRCA 1733, AND QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1738 | 清雍正-乾隆 約1733-約1738年 粉彩紋章圖盤十二件
Property from the Estate of Susan S. Dillon
A GROUP OF TWELVE RARE CHINESE EXPORT ARMORIAL PLATES
QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG PERIOD, CIRCA 1733, AND QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1738
清雍正-乾隆 約1733-約1738年 粉彩紋章圖盤十二件
eight pieces painted in the center with the arms of Hamilton quartering Arran and Douglas, Duke of Hamilton, comprising four octagonal plates and four circular soup plates, four soup plates painted in the center with the arms of Hamilton with Spencer in pretence. Together with one Derby replacement. 13 pieces
width of octagonal plates 8⅞ in.; 22.6 cm
The current lot contains examples from two services made for James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Hamilton, made five years apart. The first service, characterized by the large central coat of arms and grisaille and gilt floral sprays at the rim, was made in 1733. For these arms see David Sanctuary Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, London, 1974, p. 394, O1. The second service, with a smaller coat of arms at the center, and also with the addition of James Hamilton's third wife, Anne Spencer's, family coat of arms in pretence in the center of the Hamilton arms, was made in 1738, following their marriage in 1737. For further discussion of these two services, see Ronald W. Fuchs II and David S. Howard, Made in China: Export Porcelain from the Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterthur, Delaware, 2005, p. 59, cat. no. 22.