An important pair of Chelsea plates, circa 1752
Lot 175
An important pair of Chelsea plates, circa 1752
Sold for £ 12,500 (US$ 17,431) inc. premium

Lot Details
An important pair of Chelsea plates, circa 1752
An important pair of Chelsea plates, circa 1752
Of three-sided rococo silver shape, painted in kakiemon style with a fierce dragon coiled around bamboo, looking down on a flowering prunus branch and a tiger with a particularly long tail who returns its gaze, 23cm diam (minute patches of wear only) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Winifred Williams, London, June 1974 (£650)

    Exhibited by Robert Williams, 'The Kakiemon Influence on European Porcelain', June 1974, 38 and 38b, The shape is adapted from original silver stands by Nicholas Sprimont of 1746-47. See Victoria and Albert Museum, Rococo Exhibition catalogue (1984), p.115, G19. Chelsea plates of this form are far rarer than dishes. Dishes of the same shape and pattern are illustrated in the 'Porcelain for Palaces' Exhibition catalogue (1990), p.283, no.332 and by John C Austin, Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg, p.60, no.40. A plate from the Sibyl Hermele Collection can be seen on the website of E and H Manners. The design could be the 'twisted dragon pattern' referred to in the Chelsea sale catalogue of 14 March, 1755, lot 37 and 15 March, lot 72.
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