A Portuguese market famille rose armorial soup plate, circa 1765. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011
Vividly enameled with game motifs, including fish, hare, doves and a leg of mutton encircled by a floral wreath, the rim with the SALDANHA banner, the arms, and landscape vignettes of a fisherman and hunter in landscape between the inscription DE ALBUQUERQUE; 8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) diameter - Estimate $5,000 - $8,000
Notes: This richly enameled service was made for Dom Gaspar de Saldanha e Albuquerque (c.1720-?), Prelate of the Church of Lisbon, son of the Governor and Captain-General of Rio de Janeiro and brother of the 1st Count of Ega. See N. de Castro, Chinese Porcelain and the Heraldry of the Empire, p. 105. The American city, Albuquerque, New Mexico, was named in 1706 for an earlier Albuquerque, either Alfonso, famed Portuguese explorer (1453-1515) and first Viceroy of India, or the Spanish Duke de Albuquerque, 34th Viceroy of New Spain.
A Portuguese market armorial platter, circa 1775. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011
In the center the colorful arms of the Viscount of Manique do Intendente, the scalloped rim with scattered rose clusters; 16 5/8 in. (42.2 cm.) wide - Estimate $4,000 - $6,000
A Portuguese market armorial vegetable tureen and cover, circa 1805. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011
Of shaped rectangular form, enameled with the arms of Pereira, Rebelo above blue dot and interlocking ovolo bands, with pinecone finial; 9½ in. (24.1 cm.) wide (2) - Estimate $1,500 - $2,500
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