A rare armorial tea caddy for the Portuguese market Kangxi, 1700-1720
Lot 343
A rare verte-Imari armorial tea caddy for the Portuguese market Kangxi, circa 1700-1720
Sold for £20,400 (US$ 29,563) inc. premium


Lot Details
A rare verte-Imari armorial tea caddy for the Portuguese market
Kangxi, circa 1700-1720
Painted in underglaze blue and enamelled in iron-red, green and gilt on one side with the coat-of-arms within elaborate mantling beneath a bird crest, the back and side faces each with Imari-palette upright flower sprays, silver replacement cover.
10.5cm (4in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • The arms are those of Sampaio E Melo. Compare a similar rectangular tea caddy (also missing its cover) bearing the arms of Sampaio e Melo, now in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Caminos da Porcelana: Dinastias Ming e Qing, Lisbon, 1998, Catalogue no.45. See also note for Catalogue no.44, where it is noted that the arms have been attributed by Nuno de Castro to Francisco José de Sampaio Melo e Castro, 11th Lord of Vila Flor, 66th Governor and 40th Viceroy of India from 1720 to 1723. According to Luís Ferros, these services were very probably commissioned either by António Corte Real de Sampaio, 2nd Morgado de Santa Cruz, or by his son Manuel Corte Real de Sampaio. However, according to Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos, since the services can be dated to the early 18th century, they could not have been commissioned by António Corte Real de Sampaio.
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