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Lot 85: A rare armorial Imari porcelain dish for the American market
22 October 2016
Sarzana (SP), ItalyLive Auction
dating: Kangxi (1662-1722)
Painted in imari style with gilding, featuring the Horsemonden family badge; featuring other four, smaller emblems at the border alternated with four, ruyi-shaped cartouches enclosing floral decorations; surrounded by a beautiful ramage of flowers and peonies; featuring two stylized, underglazed blue branches at the back. A restored breakage with no missing parts at the border. Period: 1716 circa. An almost identical dish was sold at Bonhams, Sale Number 22658; ASIAN ART; 9 November 2015, London, Knightsbridge; lot. 233.
An identical dish is at Victoria and Albert Museum; Museum number FE.441978; Gallery location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 13, shelf 3.
See a pair of similar, bigger dishes in Jie Rui Tang Collection; Catalogue Numbers 0845 & 0846.
See also a sample in the British Museum; Registration number Franks.758.+.
The Horsemonden family was from Horsemonden, in Kent. Several members of this family moved to the USA between the 17th and the 18th Century. This set was presumably made for Daniel Horsemonden (1691 â€“ 1778) who died in Flatbush, New York. John Horsemonden, his brother or cousin, might have brought this set from China in 1716; John Horsemonden was a navy commissioner on the 'Marlboroughâ€ (an East Indiaman) and Second Member of the East indies in Canton, in 1721.
dimensions: diameter 22 cm.