Sold Without Reserve
A CHELSEA 'HANS SLOANE' OVAL PLATTER, CIRCA 1755
painted with a branch issuing a large leaf and two bunches of grapes, and a gourd plant with several growing fruits, scattered with various insects, brown-edged rim, red anchor mark
width 14 ½ in.
The dish has been broken into two pieces and restored. The area runs vertically from the rim, through the large green leaf to the opposite rim. The break appears to be clean but there is some overpaint along the break and some discolored white paint to the rims at either side. The reverse of the dish at this point with a wider area of over-paint to the white ground which does not appear to be covering further damage. A small restored rim chip with some associated discolored over-paint. Some kiln fritting to underside edge of rim.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Sotheby's New York, 22 April 1983, lot 353
A dish of this form and size, painted with the same design though with red-grapes is illustrated in the Brian Haughton Gallery catalogue, Nature, Porcelain and Enlightenment, p. 51. A slightly smaller dish of this form (13 in. wide), painted with a Calceolus, Lady's Slipper, from the Collection of the 6th Earl of Clanwilliam, is illustrated in Sally Kevill-Davies, Sir Hans Sloane's Plants on Chelsea Porcelain, exh. cat., p. 98-99, no. 20. See p. 222-223, no. 76 for a plate painted with the same subject and the associated image sources